‘Star Trek Beyond’ release date pushed back two weeks

Idris Elba is understood to be playing the main villain in the new 'Star Trek' movie

Star Trek Beyond‘s release date has been pushed back a fortnight.

The sequel to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness had been scheduled to arrive in cinemas on July 8 next year, but will now open on July 22, 2016. 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.

Director Justin Lin started shooting Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver in June. 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 remains on board serve as one of the film’s producers.