Simon Pegg spoke to reporters at CinemaCon Monday night about the tone of Star Trek Beyond, how it will create its own stories and canon while still fitting into the franchise’s 50 year history, and how the story’s villain, played by Idris Elba, will be ostentatious and interesting. Pegg also noted that Beyond won’t be a rehash of Star Trek’s “greatest hits” moments but will instead focus on original story telling.
Simon Pegg and JJ Abrams both appeared at CinemaCon Monday night as part of Paramount’s 2-hour convention opening presentation in which they showed off just about every franchise they own… except of course, for Star Trek.
Any newsy tidbits we did get from the event came from, primarily, the mouth of Simon Pegg. Pegg talked to CinemaBlend about the care they took when writing Beyond to make the film appealing to both fans and non-fans alike and fitting the story into existing canon while writing new, original stories. When asked if Beyond will be largely nods to earlier Star Trek works, Pegg explained:
No [it’s not a Greatest Hits], but it’s a later iteration, obviously. I think for real fans of Star Trek, they’ll get a real kick out of the fact that it very much is Star Trek in its DNA. We’re at pains to maintain the canon that we’ve created and the canon that exists for Star Trek.
Pegg went on to say that, while Beyond won’t be a rehash of old material, it will focus on Star Trek’s key themes and inclusive ethos.
“I think it’s just knowing what’s gone before, in a way, but at the same time understanding that this is a story which and always has been open to everybody. This is a universe that is so inclusive; no one is not welcome in Star Trek. So it has to embrace the fans that have been there for 50 years, and it has to embrace the people who go, ‘Oh, Star Trek, what’s that?’ Hopefully it gives them a chance to find out!”
Simon Pegg (mostly) and JJ Abrams also spoke with MTV News about this struggle to keep Beyond relevant to all their target audiences saying:
“It was something that we thought about a great deal going into the writing process… We always had agreed that… [we would be] making a film that lots of people could go and see and say, ‘Hey what’s this Stark Trek?’ And then go back 50 years. For the people that have been there for 50 years it was fun to make something that they would see as part of that continuum.”
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Pegg also spoke about Idris Elba’s role as the villain of the story, saying that he is “ostentatious” and that Elba brought his own ideas to the development of the character.
“Idris had so many good ideas to help shape it. He’s the actor you want to work with. He’s collaborative, and he does what he’s told.”