12 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Star Trek Beyond is now in theaters! Beyond is the third installment of the reboot Star Trek franchise. After successfully defeating Khan in Into Darknessthe Enterprise crew sets off to explore the final frontier and encounters a new villain in the process. Read on and find out who plays the new big baddie as well as 11 other things you didn’t know about Star Trek Beyond! Make sure to keep reading to see how you can get a Limited-edition Star Trek Beyond eGift Card from MovieTickets.com.

1. The three villains of the Star Trek films have all played a Marvel superhero.

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Eric Bana played the villain Nero in 2009’s Star Trek and Dr. Bruce Banner in 2003’s Hulk . Benedict Cumberbatch played John Harrison/Khan Noonien Singh in Into Darkness and will play Dr. Stephen Strange in the upcoming Doctor Strange. Finally, Idris Elba will play Krall in Star Trek Beyond and also played Heimdall in Thor in 2011.

2. The black eye Chris Pine has in the final fight scene is real.


According to Idris Elba, Pine’s black eye isn’t makeup. Elba and Pine got a little too rough during filming and Pine received a real injury.

3. Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov) unfortunately passed away in a car accident before the film’s release.

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Producer J.J. Abrams had stated that they won’t recast Anton Yelchin’s Chekov role, but aren’t sure how to handle his death yet.

4. Jaylah is named after Jennifer Lawrence.

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The character was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence’s character Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone.

5. Simon Pegg and Justin Lin made the decision of making Sulu gay as a nod to original actor of Sulu, George Takei.

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However, Takei disagrees with this decision because it was not the intention of Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek).

6. Simon Pegg confirmed the space station is named “Starbase Yorktown” which is a wink to the original 1966 series.

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7. This will be the first Star Trek film to not be shot in Hollywood.

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Principal photography began on June 25th, 2015 and was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. All sets from previous films had to be rebuilt from scratch.

8. Zachary Quinto is ready to move on from Spock.

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According to Quinto, he greatly enjoys playing Spock on screen but had stated that he is ready to venture into other projects. Quinto and the other main co-stars are signed on for a three picture deal which makes Star Trek Beyond his last contractual commitment as Spock.

9. J.J. Abrams did not return to direct because of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


The director of the first two Star Trek films could not direct the third because of his commitment to Star Wars. He did, however, stay on as a producer for Star Trek Beyond.

10. Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy”) might not have returned for Star Trek Beyond.

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According to Urban in an interview, he did not intend to return to his role as Bones but a discussion with director Justin Lin convinced him to stay.

11. This film takes place two and a half years after Star Trek Into Darkness.

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12. Idris Elba plays the main villain named Krall.

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Elba plays a reptilian alien who will be an original villain and not another known antagonist from past Star Trek adventures.

“Yorktown” was the original name of the starship in Gene Roddenberry’s early scripts before it was changed to “Enterprise.”

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

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