New Star Trek Beyond character was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence

Simon Pegg discusses inspiration of the A-list actress

A new Star Trek Beyond character was inspired by Jennifer Lawrence, star Simon Pegg has revealed.

The actor and screenwriter told press at a recent conference that the character of Jaylah was inspired by Lawrence’s breakthrough performance as Ree in drama Winter’s Bone, released in 2010.

According to The Independent, Pegg said: “We were trying to create this very independent character but we didn’t have a name for it, so we just called it ‘Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone’,” before adding, “That’s a long name.”

He continued, “It started getting tiring always saying, ‘Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone is fighting here’. So we started calling her J-Law and then she became Jaylah.” Jaylah is played by Sofia Boutella, with Vox describing the character as “more or less a loner, fending for herself and trying to scrape together a living without much help from any sort of parental or authority figure”.

It was also reported today (July 15) that J.J. Abrams has apparently confirmed that there will be a fourth film in the Star Trek franchise’s current incarnation.

Speaking at a press conference, Abrams was asked if another film in this timeline is likely. “Yes, and there’s something that hopefully we’re figurative minutes away from talking about,” he responded. “But the answer is 100 percent yes, and it’s incredibly exciting.”

Star Trek Beyond is set for release next Friday (July 22) – 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.