Star Trek Beyond, the next Star Trek movie, will arrive in theaters in time to commemorate the sci-fi franchise's 50th anniversary. One year later, the property is also going to continue on the small screen, as a new Star Trek TV series is slated to debut on CBS before it's made available through the network's streaming service. It's an exciting time to be a Trekkie, in other words.
Principal photography on Beyond wrapped in October of 2015; meaning at this stage, it's reasonable to assume that enough post-production work has been completed on the film for a teaser to be ready to go in the foreseeable future. It appears that is the plan after all, as the movie's first theatrical preview will reportedly be attached to (what else?) Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens in theaters this month.
THR is reporting that Star Trek Beyond's first trailer will be attached to The Force Awakens in theaters - though, of course, it's far from the only 2016 tentpole that is expected to hitch a ride aboard the Star Wars train. Indeed, both the recently-unveiled Captain America: Civil War teaser trailer and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's third theatrical preview are both likely candidates to be shown before The Force Awakens. Furthermore, it's been reported in the past that the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer will make its debut on the big screen with co-writer/director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars feature, as might also be true for another 20th Century Fox project - Roland Emmerich's alien invasion sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence.
Star Trek Beyond's first trailer being attached to The Force Awakens makes sense; not just because of the exposure that the former stands to gain, but also because of the shared sci-fi fanbase between the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises (the friendly rivalry amongst some of their fans aside) and the fact that Abrams is still producing Beyond, after having directed the last two Star Trek movies. The Force Awakens doesn't need help at the box office, but having all these trailers for high-profile 2016 releases attached in theaters only heightens the film's "event" status all the more.
Star Trek fans have good reason to be interested in getting an early look at Star Trek Beyond; beyond the obvious fact that it's the Star Trek film that will mark the property's 50th birthday, it's also the first directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 3-6) and co-penned by Star Trek series cast member Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, The World's End), as well as relative newcomer Doug Jung. On the one hand, fans have been encouraged to learn that this is the first Star Trek movie since the 2009 reboot to take place during the U.S.S. Enterprise's five-year mission to explore new worlds. On the other hand, Pegg's own indication that the script will be "less Star Trek-y" hasn't gone over so well, by comparison.
In other words: fan anticipation for Star Trek Beyond would no doubt benefit from a teaser trailer that suggests this installment will show reverence for what earned Star Trek its following in the first place, while at the same time keeping the proceedings feeling fresh and modern. However one felt about the Abrams-directed Star Trek movies, Star Trek Beyond represents the next chapter for the series - and thus, the first impression will be one worth paying attention to. If we're lucky, we'll get our first proper look at Idris Elba as the film's mysterious antagonist, too.
Star Trek Beyond opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.