Quinto Talks Filming Star Trek Beyond: It’s Different Without JJ


Zachary Quinto, currently filming his role as Spock in Star Trek Beyond recently spoke about how filming the third incarnation of the rebooted franchise has been different without JJ Abrams, currently busy filming Star Wars, directing them on set.

It’s different without JJ, but Justin Lin has quiet, powerful energy
Zachary Quinto told MTV news yesterday about what it’s like to be in the middle of filming Star Trek Beyond noting that, while things are different without JJ as director, Justin Lin is showing off his directing chops in a different, yet just as powerful way.

“Invariably there’s going to be a different vibe when you remove someone as gregarious and outgoing and talented as J.J.,” said Quinto. “But Justin has come in with this really interesting and confident energy that’s a little bit more reserved and a little bit quieter, but also very powerful and really sure-handed. He knows exactly what he wants this movie to look like and that’s really exciting.”

He also spoke about working side by side with his co-star and the film’s writer, Simon Pegg.

“It’s been incredible to have Simon be so integrally involved in the story because he knows us all so well and he knows our characters all so well,” he said. “We don’t have to walk very far if we have any questions or concerns about stuff in the script!”



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Well I hope that Simon didn’t make the script less startrek like the powers to be wanted.

Interesting. Also Justin Lin was born in 1973, so is the same age as Roberto Orci.

Unfortunately, Zachary Quinto has not said much at all. It sorta stands to reason that Lin would not necessarily have the same energy as JJ Abrams. They are different people.

Yes, very interesting!

I have great hope that Mr Pegg will darn near co-direct the movie. It sounds like he will at least steer the cast in the right direction when needed.

Not sure the age comparison is relevant?

This makes me want to watch Into Darkness even though I know it is a waste of my time……

We are nitpicking a figure of speech now? Another Rosy remark.

I’m actually looking forward to this film. Hope it rises to the occasion.

Sadly, it’ll be the first without Leonard Nimoy making an appearance in this new series.

#5 GR

Sadly it won’t include William Shatner either. I wish Lydia Wilson all the best but every time I see a casting announcement I hope its Shatner. Disappointed every time

Sadly, no Easter Bunny as well in this one.

# 7. Prodigal Son – August 19, 2015

” Sadly, no Easter Bunny as well in this one.” — Prodigal Son

Hey, this is STAR TREK. Shouldn’t that be March Hare?

I have a feeling Mr. Shatner will be in the movie…if its a cameo or to say his famous line “These are the voyages…”
A tribute to Leonard Nimoy is also a sure thing.

7 Prodigal Son

No worries In the rebooted universe the Easter Bunny is Keenser so all is good. Some Quantum Mechanics thing

Every iteration of Star Trek as brought a slightly different spin and a different aesthetic. Every one of them has been a captivating adventure story that holds true to Roddenberry’s vision of a bright future for humanity in a Cosmic community.

But I think the J.J. remix seems to emphasise the stereotype Kirk the action hero and sexual conquistador, which in TOS was secondary to Kirk the explorer and social progressive.

As a lifelong fan of Trek, I am pleased that Paramount investing in Star Trek and I welcome the new influences.

I’m also hopeful that STB will prove to be the movie we fans believe it can be.

Hat Rick, at least those of us who have any positive thoughts at all about NuTrek. Which I do!

Glad to hear *something* from the movie set. Sounds like quite a change from the frenetic JJ. I swear JJ must drink 16 cups of espresso a day. I don’t know how he manages not to jump out of his shoes!

Paramount is no way going to announce a Shat or Nimoy angle.
That is there (IF it’s there) to boost the opening weekend.

I’ve said it before, so for the ADD of you out there, here it is again:

Any appearance must be brief and tasteful. It must not interfere with the plot. This could work out to something as simple as a card thanking Leonard or the briefest voiceover from Shat. Pine could be listening to “Books On Tape In Space” and hear Shat’s voice saying, “All I ask is a tall ship…” That’s my absolute first choice for a voice-over source, btw. The TOS “Space, the final frontier…” has been done and redone and reredone.

If Shatner is in it, Paramount (and Bad Robot) are just stupid enough to not announce it.

And ofcourse, it will get leaked. And everyone will deny it. And then we will see it. And not one extra ticket will have been sold and everyone involved will look foolish. But par for the course.

Lin’s confidence was the first thing I noticed.

Who wouldn’t be confident coming off the highest grossing Star Trek of all time.

People WANT Shatner in this ?!

Whats wrong with having a Shatner cameo? The original cast is advancing in age. Better use them while they are still around and able. Then to have them pass away and saying should’ve could’ve would’ve. His cameo should be a secret until release time. It would spoil a good surprise.

I can’t help but wonder though..I was thinking back to ’91 when the last TOS movie came out and it was reported that Shatner demanded they CGI his rear to look less big. So, $50 or $100K later, it was made so. :) If Shatner gets filmed doing a cameo, what kind of CGI will he demand this time? Reverse age him 20 years?

To keep fresh, I think they should not leak anything until next year. The Star Wars sequel is all the rage now and anticipation is high. We Trekfans don’t want details being overshadowed to spoil the movie when it comes out.

Is it possible to CGI inflate an ego?

No, everyone DOESN’T want/need Shatner in this. It doesn’t put people in the seats, and as the man himself has said in the past, he’s not doing a cameo. If you want to see Shatner as Kirk one more time, here you go…


It’s different without JJ? Does that mean no more lens flare…PLEASE? ;)

@ 20. JoeTrekFan,

“Whats wrong with having a Shatner cameo?”

Nothing wrong with that at all. It is the 50th anniversary, there should be a way to bring in Shatner that help the movie as well as honoring the anniversary.

Zachary Quinto’s Spock is too aggressive (for a Spock).

It would have been much better with Alan Rickman as Spock.

Ofcourse people want Shatner in this. The minority that do not does not equate to “everyone doesn’t want him”. The majority that do is the key.

Look at the massive positive press generated by just the mere speculation he would be in the film. That’s proof positive right there.

And besides, the people that dont want him in the movie really have no reasonable position. If he was in the film, and it made sense, and it made the movie better, and he performed well…why would you still not want him?

How many people would say “Well, STB was great! William Shatner looked and performed fantastic and really was a key part of the movie. But he shouldnt have been in it.” ???

Its just a silly argument. Leonard Nimoy was great in 09 but he shouldnt have been it. Why? I dont know, just because “new” and “change” and stuff. I mean really…thats idiotic.

I’m excited about Justin Lin and Simon Pegg.

The former is very good at making characters connect with each other in a truly audience-grabbing way. Talking about that Fast and Furious family. And the later knows his Trek lore. He’s one of us.

I think the combined “cool” of Justin with Simon’s care and knowledge could make for a really interesting Trek.

Does anybody know if this is being shot on film or digital?

Digital, on Alexa. They are using Zeiss lenses, but I don’t know if they are new ones or the older Zeiss glass. If the latter it may have more of an organic/film look than a lot of other shows. Lots of movies where the crew is forced to shoot digital use older lenses to get some of the irregularity/analog feel of film.

In the last two years, at least half of the DPs and directors I’ve interviewed have expressed the preference to originate on film, but only a couple of those actually got to go that route.

i am just glad it being filmed at this moment,that 50th date is getting closer

@28 Kmart,

Thanks. Well that’s at least one thing they lost by losing JJ. I’ll be curious to see how this affects the look of the film by comparison.

This will be the last movie its going to be a failure and parmount will pull the plug This is because the fans dont count so this movie doesnt count either, this director isnt Startrek he knows nothing about it He thinks its fast and ferious thats not Startrek that movie was garbage and this Startrek will also be garbage

# 31. Dan – August 23, 2015

“… this director isnt Startrek he knows nothing about it …” – Dan

Lin’s said he grew up in SoCal at a time when I was residing there too. He describes watching STAR TREK in syndicated reruns much as I recall they were run. I believe him that he grew up as a young fan watching syndicated STAR TREK. He knows more than “nothing”.

32. Disinvited – August 25, 2015


Link to interview below.



“I was in the last week shooting True Detective when J.J. Abrams called last December. He asked me, do you like Star Trek? If you do, you should take this, be bold, and just go for it.’

I thought about how much a part of my life Star Trek was. Growing up, my parents had this little fish and chips restaurant in Anaheim in the shadows of Disneyland, and they didn’t close until 9 PM.

As a family, we didn’t eat dinner until 10 PM, and we would watch the original Star Trek every night at 11. My dad worked 364 days a year, only took Thanksgiving off, and from age 8 to 18, the only time I could hang out with my parents was by staying up late. And every night, it was Star Trek on Channel 13 in L.A.

That was my childhood. All my friends were Star Wars kids but I didn’t go to the movies, so I was the Star Trek kid. Thinking about this, it became a very personal and very emotional decision.”


Well those speaking about Shatner not being in this one, the 50th anniv., I would bet he will be in it and make a surprise entrance. That’s my guess. I hope I’m not wrong. They should actually have all the rest of the original cast appear somewhere somehow in it.
It’s the 50th anniversary guys, come on Paramount, How about it!!!

I could see them using archival footage and not telling the originals. That will be fun. Although I guess they’d have to write a cheque so would they have to have signed agreements?