As Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, fans are anticipating what the newest film in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond, will have in store for them. Now that production has wrapped on the set of Beyond, new photos reveal that the upcoming film will be going where the rebooted franchise has never gone before.
After producer and screenwriter Roberto Orci, who was original poised to direct Beyond, but subsequently left those duties after Star Trek: Into Darkness, Fast and Furious director Justin Lin was chosen to helm the third installment of the series with actor Simon Pegg and Doug Jung penning the screenplay.
According to Pegg’s Twitter account, production on the film has wrapped as of today. The actor’s account announced the news by posting a photo of the actor staring intently at something off screen along with co-screenwriter Jung. As the photo states, the two are deeply contemplating “life after Trek.”
That's a wrap on Star Trek Beyond! Writers, Doug Jung and Simon Pegg consider life after Trek. pic.twitter.com/ZH5flEmfEf— Pegg News (@simonpegg) October 15, 2015
Despite Pegg’s love for Star Trek, it appears that his allegiance to the franchise is not absolute. The Twitter photo reveals Pegg’s love for another popular franchise in space with his hat reading ‘VII’, most likely a nod to his work on the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, alongside his former Trek and Mission: Impossible director, J.J. Abrams.
But photos of Pegg and Jung weren’t the only thing Star Trek–related being released. As the film’s production wrapped up in Dubai, images from the set were posted to Instagram, revealing several of the various alien species that will be appearing in Beyond.
With more alien characters seen on the set of Star Trek Beyond, it appears that fans may finally get to see more planets this go-round. Previous Star Trek films in the rebooted series have featured the early years of Kirk and crew, which have favored keeping things close to Earth, and focusing on the human aspect of the series over aliens and far-off planets, despite those elements being more prominent in the original TV series than the films that followed.
Thankfully, director Justin Lin will be taking the crew of the USS Enterprise on its five-year mission, which will fall more in line with the spirit of the original TV show. The new set photos seem to confirm Lin’s intention to take the film franchise off to unknown worlds, which is a refreshing departure from the shadowy conspiracies of Into Darkness.
Star Trek Beyond opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.
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