Production of the next “Star Trek” movie has begun, and director Justin Lin has shared a photo from the production set to get fans excited. The movie is slated to be released on July 8, 2016, in the U.S.
Lin shared this photo of a Starfleet badge on his official Twitter account. He also confirmed that the movie will be titled “Star Trek Beyond.” The script is being written by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, who will also be reprising his role as Scotty.
Other cast members include Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Chris Pine as Kirk, Karl Urban as Bones, Anton Yelchin as Chekov and John Cho as Sulu. Lin is succeeding J.J. Abrams as director after Abrams decided to direct “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
According to ScreenCrush, the project went through a “rough patch” after Roberto Orci stepped down from directing the movie. Both Abrams and Orci are still associated with the next “Star Trek” movie as producers. Expectations are high for Lin, who came to the franchise after delivering box office hits with the “Fast & Furious” movies.
Production of "Star Trek Beyond" is reportedly taking place in Vancouver and Squamish, British Columbia, according to the Vancouver Sun, with project code-named “Washington.” Public notices about the filming are said to have been put up at Stawamus Chief Provincial Park in Squamish.
Many scenes will be filmed at the Vancouver Film Studios, with additional work taking place in South Korea. According to a report by Vancity Buzz, some residents in Squamish are “frustrated and angry” with the production crew for temporarily closing a popular trail in the area.
However, the report notes that the next “Star Trek” movie will add “tens of millions of dollars to the local economy.” The report states that some of the filming has already taken place in South Korea.