George Takei: new ‘Star Trek Beyond’ trailer lacks ‘substance’ – watch

The film will be released in July 2016

Original Star Trek actor George Takei has criticised the trailer of upcoming movie Star Trek Beyond for its lack of “substance”.

Star Trek Beyond is set for release on July 22, 2016 – two weeks later than inititally announced. The first episode of the original Star Trek TV series aired on September 8, 1966, so the film’s release roughly coincides with the sci-fi franchise’s 50th anniversary.

Takei – who played Commander Hikaru Sulu in six Star Trek films – recently reviewed the trailer for Tech Insider.

“Oh my,” he said. “It doesn’t have that element that made Star Trek what it was.”

Takei added that while it should be “a very successful movie” and it “looks like a terrific action-adventure movie, a lot of clinging on cliffs and getting smashed against rocks”, he “didn’t see anything of substance that made [the original] so engaging.”

Watch the trailer below and Takei’s review of it.

Fast And Furious veteran Justin Lin replaces Abrams in the director’s chair for Star Trek Beyond, shooting from a script co-written by Simon Pegg.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin are all reprising their roles from the previous two Star Trek films.

They are joined by Idris Elba, who is understood to be playing the film’s main villain, and Kingsman actress Sofia Boutella in an unknown role.