Justin Lin, director of Star Trek 3 took to Twitter today saying, “Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! #StarTrekBeyond #LLAP” confirming suspicions many had held since TrekMovie broke the news about the title back in April. Attached to the tweet is an image of what appears to be the shoulder of a Starfleet uniform featuring a familiar patch.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 29, 2015
Star Trek Beyond — it’s (almost) official!
Director Justin Lin appears to have just confirmed the title for the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise. Except for a press release or announcement from Paramount, pretty much everything points towards ‘Star Trek Beyond’ as the official title. TrekMovie was the first to report back in April that the title ‘Star Trek Beyond’ had been registered with the Motion Picture Association of America. Shortly thereafter, Simon Pegg used the title in a post on his blog. Just last week, Paramount acquired StarTrekBeyond.com, and now the director is using the monicker publicly on Twitter. Although Paramount has made no official announcement, they haven’t made many waves about the production on the whole, leaving some to wonder — when will they start advertising for this film?
With a new director taking the conn, we are not sure what to expect from Beyond. Lin is a master of action set pieces, having directed the third through sixth installments of the Fast and Furious franchise. He’s no stranger to comedy either, having directed several episodes of the NBC series Community.
Our First Glimpse at Beyond!
Even more exciting than the film’s title (which has been floating around for months now) is the photo that Lin attached to his tweet, giving us our first ever glimpse of something we might get to see on the big screen next summer. The patch, which appears to be on the shoulder of a new Starfleet uniform, features the Starfleet insignia interposed with the UFP emblem. The same patch was seen briefly in Star Trek Into Darkness (see the screen grab below) on the shoulder of the crew’s flight suits. Of course, this may not even be from a uniform and could be from a seat cushion, duffel bag, or who knows what else. It might not even be something used on screen. But, the fact that we are getting a little taste of something, anything, from the new film is exciting!