Star Trek

JJ Abrams gives us a first look at the blockbuster flick Star Trek – coming soon to a cinema near you

JJ Abrams gives us a first look at the blockbuster flick Star Trek – coming soon to a cinema near you

By Cec Busby

He may not have been a Trekkie growing up but director JJ Abrams of Alias and Mission Impossible fame looks to be breathing life into Paramount’s Star Trek franchise.

The thirty something director is at the helm of the latest Star Trek movie – a prequel to the popular TV series of the sixties that starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy – and if first looks are anything to go by this flick looks like a gem.

Unable to attend the Sydney first look, (where media and Paramount peeps gathered to check out scenes from the film) Abrams recorded several intros for the footage we were about to see,

Abrams confessed that when he was first asked to be involved in the Star Trek motion picture he was confounded: “It was not an obvious move to me – I wasn’t a huge fan (like a lot of people) of the series. But then I read the script by Alex Kurtzman and I knew I had to do it”.

Abrams has assembled a cast of new Hollywood vanguard to play the younger versions of the sci-fi world’s most beloved characters. Newcomer Chris Pine tackles the role of Captain Kirk; everyone’s favourite reformed bad guy Sylar aka Zachary Quinto is Spock; the UK’s Simon Pegg delivers an hilarious turn as Scotty and Zoe Saldana sexes things up as a young Uhura. The movie looks set to launch all four actors into the stratosphere.

“I wasn’t a huge fan (like a lot of people) of the series. But then I read the script by Alex Kurtzman and I knew I had to do it”.

If the cast of Hollywood hotties isn’t enough to get you excited, Abrams hopes that you will be wowed by the film’s “giant spectacle” but also affected by the “intimate emotional story”.

Media were treated to four scenes from the upcoming flick showcasing the film as not just an action packed adventure but funny and sexy too…. Leonard Nimoy even dropped in for a cameo in one scene as a Spock from the future…

The script featured plenty of in-jokes to keep the fans happy – but the characters were also well developed to engage newcomers to the Trek franchise.

Abrams believes the film has a “lot of great character stuff” but “lots of action too” and he cites Aussie actor Eric Bana as a “great bad guy”….


Star Trek XI is in post-production, and opens at cinemas on May 7.

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