Available now in the July/August edition of Popular Mechanics is a gorgeous spread of new cross-sectional artwork featuring the major starships of Star Trek Beyond: The USS Enterprise, USS Franklin, and one of the swarm ships.
The artwork was created by Kemp Remillard (who last year illustrated Star Wars: The Force Awakens Incredible Cross-Sections) and gives us the best (first) ever look at the internal arrangement of the nuEnterprise (with new swept back nacelle configuration), and also describes the Franklin as "an early prototype ship that was the first to reach warp 4", further enforcing the design's link to the NX class.
The spread, which isn't even hinted at on the cover of the magazine, is the major feature of a four-page Star Trek piece,
Now can we please have a full cross section book for the nuTrek movies??
TrekMovie has some excerpts, including Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) pondering how overt Star Trek movies can be with their social commentary these days:
You can’t make a cerebral Star Trek in 2016. It just wouldn’t work in today’s marketplace. You can hide things in there – Star Trek Into Darkness has crazy, really demanding questions and themes, but you have to hide it under the guise of wham-bam explosions and planets blowing up. It’s very, very tricky. The question that our movie poses is “Does the Federation mean anything?” And in a world where everybody’s trying to kill one another all of the time, that’s an important thing. Is working together important? Should we all go our separate ways? Does being united against something mean anything?Director Justin Lin also discusses exploration from a creative point of view:
What was so great about Star Trek in the last 50 years was not only the characters, the sense of exploration, and these themes that connect to us as human beings, it also had the ultimate mission statement — which is to try new things. I think sometimes that gets lost. Let’s sometimes go to places where we’re not that comfortable. If anything, this is the one franchise where you can do that.And Sofia Boutella gives a summary of her character Jaylah:
Jaylah is a survivor, and she is someone who thinks outside of the box. She’s an alien warrior, but her look is relatable to humans; her alien appearance in the film is not extreme. She has more in common with Kirk than anyone else in the film; they’re both very independent, and they’re both very honest and direct in their approach. She makes her own weapons.TrekMovie also has some preview pages, including this new shot:
Another interview was posted by StarTrek.com, features composer Michael Giacchino, who is particularly interesting in discussing how Star Trek Beyond has quite a different tone to the previous nuTrek movies, and the effect that has had on the soundtrack:
The interview was released to promote the latest screenings of the nuTrek movies with a live orchestra (something I experienced a couple of years ago and highly recommend if it comes near you).
Finally, here's another variation of the Star Trek Beyond trailer, this time featuring footage within the title itself. Posted by Universal, who are distributing the film in The Netherlands:
Star Trek Beyond will be arriving in cinemas around the world from the end of July. To keep track of all the latest information on the film, visit my Star Trek Beyond guide page, and see the relevant pages on Trek Collective Archives to find all the trailers, posters, and promotional stills too.