Simon Pegg admits he ‘didn’t love’ the first ‘Star Trek Beyond’ trailer

Pegg, the film's co-writer and star, says the film has more 'story' than the trailer suggests

Simon Pegg has admitted that he “didn’t love” the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, a film he co-wrote and stars in.

The trailer debuted earlier this week and was criticised by original Star Trek actor George Takei, who suggested that it lacked “substance” and said: “It doesn’t have that element that made Star Trek what it was.”

Asked for his thoughts on the trailer at yesterday’s London premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pegg insisted that the footage it shows does not fully represent the film.

“It was very action packed, it was surprising,” he told HeyUGuys. “I find it to be the marketing people saying, ‘Everybody come and see this film, it’s full of action and fun’, when there’s a lot more to it than that. I didn’t love it because I know there’s a lot more to the film.”

“There’s a lot more story and a lot more character stuff and a lot more, what I would call, ‘Star Trek stuff’,” Pegg added. “To Star Trek fans, I would say: hang in there, be patient.” Watch the trailer below:

Star Trek Beyond is set for release on July 22, 2016 – two weeks later than initially 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.

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, who plays Scotty in the film.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin are also 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.