The death of Leonard Nimoy earlier in 2015 left a void that can’t be filled in the hearts and minds of Trekkies across the globe. The scope of his impact goes without mentioning, both on screen as Spock and in life with his charitable works and artistic advocacy. Now, the Star Trek Beyond cast and crew have paid homage to the late actor in a new video that highlights the inspiring affect Nimoy had on those around him.
For some time now, the Star Trek Beyond cast has been highlighting charitable foundations as part of a contest to win a walk on role in the film. Fans earn entries into the contest by making donations to various charities which advance causes near and dear to those involved. As we enter into the final week of open entry, Zachary Quinto highlights a cause his predecessor Nimoy openly advocated, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The brief video features Quinto discussing the influence Nimoy had on “countless” artists and scientists before encouraging donations to St. Jude, a hospital that works tirelessly to find cures for childhood cancer and other potentially deadly diseases. Nimoy himself donated $10,000 to the hospital just one month before his death last February, so their highlight is a particularly heartwarming tribute to the actor. Fans can find out more about the charities involved in the contest and enter to win by paying a visit to the Omaze site.
Quinto, while promoting his new film Hitman: Agent 47, spoke to The Telegraph more about how he had grown close to Nimoy (and his family), prior to his passing. He also revealed that in Star Trek Beyond, most of Mr. Spock's scenes will pair him alongside Dr. McCoy/Bones (Karl Urban), rather than Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), saying:
“Those characters are so diametrically opposed that it’ll be nice to see them interacting."
The relationship between Spock and McCoy has always been one of contentiousness and mistrust, with some of the best moments of the original Star Trek series coming from McCoy’s inability to fully trust Spock’s emotionless exterior. While typically one associates Star Trek with the dynamic shared between Spock and Captain Kirk, the oil and vinegar dynamic between Spock and McCoy could be interesting if properly explored. Oil and vinegar, after all, make a delicious dressing when shaken correctly, so seeing these two share the screen has the potential to elevate the rebooted film series.
Quinto, speaking with MTV, also offered his thoughts about director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) taking over from J.J. Abrams as the reboot Star Trek movies' director for Star Trek Beyond:
“Invariably there’s going to be a different vibe when you remove someone as gregarious and outgoing and talented as J.J.. 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.”
Mostly known for his work on The Fast and The Furious franchise (and most recently, the first two episodes of True Detective season two), Lin is a director with a keen eye for action and detail and whose presence has the potential to revitalize the series, bringing the franchise into a new era. Many Trekkies haven't been fans of the series' direction under Abrams, who famously was not a fan of Star Trek when he was signed on. By contrast, Lin is an avowed fan of the series, so it’s good to see that he’s won his cast over with his approach.
Similarly, Quinto has offered his assurances that having Simon Pegg (who plays Scotty) co-write the Star Trek Beyond script was a good idea, having told MTV:
"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. We don’t have to walk very far if we have any questions or concerns about stuff in the script!”
Star Trek: Beyond opens in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016.