Director Justin Lin has revealed that the new Star Trek film is officially titled Star Trek Beyond.
Lin shared the news on Twitter last night (June 29) along with the first picture from the sequel’s set.
— Justin Lin (@justinlin) June 29, 2015
Lin started shooting Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver last Thursday (June 25). Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin are all reprising their roles from the previous two Star Trek films, joined by Idris Elba, who is understood to be playing the film’s main villain, and Kingsman actress Sofia Boutella in an unknown role.
In January it was announced that Pegg had been hired to co-write the screenplay for Star Trek Beyond with Doug Jung, creator of US action TV series Dark Blue. Fast And Furious veteran Lin takes over the director’s chair from JJ Abrams, who directed 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, but is now focusing on the new Star Wars movie. However, Abrams will still serve as one of the film’s producers.
Star Trek Beyond is set for release on July 8, 2016 release, roughly coinciding with the sci-fi franchise’s 50th anniversary.