How long have we been waiting for a new Star Trek Beyond trailer? Ever since we saw the last one, which made it look like one big disjointed action sequence. Within days of its release, co-writer Simon Pegg—who also plays Scotty—reassured fans that it was all marketing, and promised a real story that will appeal to longtime fans as well as Trek newbies, if there are any.
The second trailer premiered last night at a special fan event on the Paramount Lot in Los Angeles, where the lucky attendees were treated to appearances by cast members Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (McCoy), Chris Pine (Kirk), director Justin Lin, and producer J.J. Abrams. There was a tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, whose family was present for the naming of a Leonard Nimoy street on the Paramount lot. And yes, there was a lot of Spock talk, from the current cast and also via video clip from Trek fan Stephen Colbert.
While Trek sites were busy live blogging from the scene, all cameras were shut down during the screening of the trailer, so fans who couldn't make it had to wait until this morning to check it out. So does the new trailer live up to the hype?
Looks like it. The Enterprise is getting destroyed--again--and the crew is stranded. We get some old school character stuff, with Kirk and McCoy contemplating their lives over a drink, and Spock and McCoy disagreeing on the fundamentals of life and death. Plot-wise, it looks like the crew has to abandon ship, finding themselves separated from their captain and held captive, but stays scrappy as ever. Driving the story is a vengeful alien (Idris Elba, visually unrecognizable but intensely menacing), along with some comic relief from Scotty and his new friend Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), who clearly has authority issues.
Another reveal at the fan event included the movie's new poster:
Star Trek Beyond hits theaters on July 22nd, but the world premiere will be two days earlier during Comic-Con in San Diego, in an outdoor IMAX presentation, accompanied by a live orchestral score. Where do we sign up?
Now that you've seen the second trailer, here's a look at the first that got the fans all riled up.