John Cho has a very good feeling about Star Trek Beyond.
The actor spoke to Famous Monsters magazine as part of their special issue celebrating Star Trek‘s 50th Anniversary. He talks a great deal about the much-anticipated third installment in the rebooted film series, and we’ve got a few excerpts.
Cho describes the adjustment that he and the rest of the cast had to make to new director Justin Lin and his approach to the material:
[Justin Lin] cared about the mythology, he cared about the world, he cared about getting it right, he cared about moving the characters forward. … I think we all had question marks; it’s tough to be told that the guy you made two successful movies with isn’t going to be helming the third one. But we were all just really pleasantly surprised as we eased into working with him.
Simon Pegg and Doug Jung are writing the screenplay this time around, and Cho says they brought a very particular feeling to the story:
What you’re going to get when you ask Simon Pegg to pen a script is a very human touch. And a warm touch. And that can come out in comedy, but doesn’t necessarily have to. And there are some funny moments. But I think he and [co-writer Doug Jung], from what I could tell, were constantly looking for connections between the characters. And that, from the cast perspective, was what was spectacular about asking Simon and Doug to do it. It just felt like they were looking for human moments.
Cho feels that the film really captures the spirit of TOS:
When I read the script, my emotional impression was that it felt very much like the best of the original series. It felt like the series felt to me. And the first [film] that we made didn’t entirely feel like that to me.
The rest of Cho’s interview will be available on newsstands and as well as digitally via Magzster.com June 7. The issue will also feature interviews with Nichelle Nichols, Rod Roddenberry, and a great deal more. To pre-order the issue, click here.