Simon Pegg Responds to the Criticism of the First ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trailer

     December 17, 2015

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The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond premiered earlier this week, and it showcased a much more action-packed, humor-riddled follow up to J.J. Abrams’ first two films. While not a foregone conclusion based on limited footage, such an approach wouldn’t be too surprising, as it is the first film in this iteration of the franchise not to be directed by Abrams. Instead, Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) is occupying the chair, while Simon Pegg (The World’s End) and Doug Jung (Dark Blue) are behind script duties for the first time (although Roberto Orci, John D. Payne, and Patrick McKay do receive screenplay credit).

So while a new approach may be understandable given these changes, the somewhat drastically different vibe didn’t go unnoticed by fans. Now, Pegg himself has responded to – and perhaps shared in – this sentiment. At the European premiere for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pegg was asked by HeyUGuys on his thoughts of the first trailer. His response is extremely revealing, and a bit reassuring.


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“It was very action-packed,” Pegg initially…laments? It would appear by his response that he was taken aback by the tone the trailer presented. Pegg goes on to say, “It was surprising. I kind of find it to be the marketing people sorta saying, ‘Everybody come and see this film, it’s full of action and fun,’ when there’s a lot more to it than that.”

So for those of you who found yourselves a bit nervous upon watching the first trailer to the first post-Abrams Star Trek, take the words of the guy who not only stars in the film but also helped write it to heart: “I didn’t love it because I know there’s a lot more to the film.”

Check out the full interview at the link provided above, where Pegg also dishes on his role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which you can see him in starting this Friday. And keep an eye out for a trailer featuring more ‘Star Trek stuff’ in the run-up to next July’s release.


For more on Star Trek Beyond, take a look at some of our recent coverage below:


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