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Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the thirteenth film in the Star Trek film franchise and the third installment in the reboot series, following Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and picks up three years into their historic original five year mission. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, with Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin reprising their roles from the previous films. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella also join the cast.

Principal photography began in Vancouver on June 25th, 2015. The film premiered in Sydney on July 7th, 2016 and was released in the United States on July 22nd, 2016. Beyond marks one of the final film appearances of Yelchin, who died in a car accident a month before its scheduled release. The film is dedicated to the memory of Yelchin as well as fellow Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who died during pre-production. The film received positive reviews, with many critics praised the performances, action scenes, musical score, visual effects and tributes to Yelchin and Nimoy.

With Abrams returning as only a producer of the third film, while focusing on directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, writer Roberto Orci was set to replace him as director in May 2014. However, in December, Orci's role was changed to producer only as well, with Edgar Wright considered to replace him, along with a shortlist of directors, including Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin, and Duncan Jones. Also, Star Trek actor and film director Jonathan Frakes expressed interest in the job. At the end of the month, Lin was announced as director of the third installment.

In 2013, Orci had begun writing the script with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, with Payne saying of the script in March, "We really want to get back to the sense of exploration and wonder. The kind of optimistic sense of the future that Star Trek has always kind of had at its core. It's the Chicago Bulls in space, in terms of these people who are all awesome at their job." In January 2015, after Orci's departure, Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Doug Jung were hired to rewrite the screenplay, with Pegg saying on the previous draft, Paramount "had a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y." Pegg had been asked to make the new film "more inclusive", stating that the solution was to "make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it's more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent." Orci, Payne and McKay are given official "written by" credit, alongside Pegg and Jung, although Pegg clarified that neither he nor Jung had read the existing script before crafting their own for the film. Paramount later announced Payne and McKay will write the next installment.

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The first film's major cast members signed on for two sequels as part of their original deals. In 2014, early in the film's development, William Shatner said that he was contacted by producer Abrams to see if he would be interested in a possible role, but as the process continued and the script changed hands, the role never materialized.

In March 2015, Idris Elba was in early talks to play the villain, and he was confirmed for the role in the following months. Pegg noted that the villain would be an original one, rather than a known antagonist from past stories in the Star Trek franchise. In April, Sofia Boutella joined the cast in a lead role, and in early July, Deep Roy was confirmed to reprise his role of Keenser. That month, Joe Taslim was added to the cast opposite Elba's villain, and by August, Lydia Wilson joined as well. In March 2016, Shohreh Aghdashloo was cast as the High Command of the Federation for reshoots on the film.

In August 2015, composer Michael Giacchino confirmed that he would return to write the score. On June 26, 2016, Barbadian singer Rihanna released a teaser across her social media accounts for a single for the film entitled "Sledgehammer", and the song premiered the following day.

A teaser trailer for the film was released on December 14th, 2015, and was criticized heavily for focusing too much on action, and for featuring the Beastie Boys song "Sabotage", which many considered out of place, despite its use in the first film of the rebooted series. Pegg expressed similar thoughts of dissatisfaction with the teaser, saying that he "didn't love it" because "I know there's a lot more to the film." He considered the trailer to be the marketing team saying "Come and see this movie! It's full of action and fun!" A second trailer was released on May 20th, 2016, to warmer reviews. A third and final trailer was released on June 27th, 2016, featuring Rihanna's single "Sledgehammer".

The finished film would be released in 2D, RealD3D and IMAX 3D starting on July 22, 2016. Paramount had pushed back the release of the film to 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary celebration of the debut of Gene Roddenberry's original sci-fi series. It had a global opening of $89.2 million and an IMAX opening of $11.6 million.

The film has an approval rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's critical consensus reads, "Star Trek Beyond continues the franchise's post-reboot hot streak with an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series' sci-fi roots without skimping on the blockbuster action." Metacritic gave the film has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 50 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and said, "even with its big-screen pyrotechnics and its feature-length running time, Star Trek Beyond plays like an extended version of one of the better episodes from the original series, and I mean that in the best possible way." Scott Collura of IGN awarded the film 8.4/10, describing it as being: "terrific, a fun and exciting entry in the series that balances subtle fan service while also feeling fresh and modern; Star Trek Beyond is the perfect way to celebrate the series’ 50th anniversary." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said the screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, "injects a welcome strain of humor that's true to the original Gene Roddenberry creation, delivering nostalgia without stiff veneration."

Fans may have loved it but not every critic was taken with the film. Kyle Smith of the New York Post commented that the filmmakers, "should have called it Star Trek Into Drowsiness." Dave Robinson writes that Star Trek Beyond fails to push beyond its own roots and becomes just another very safe sci-fi popcorn movie in an increasingly crowded market, that will likely have you leaving the theatre feeling exactly as you entered." Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C+ and wrote, "with Beyond, it feels like just another summer tentpole with not enough going on underneath the tent."

Pine and Quinto have signed contracts to return as Kirk and Spock for a fourth film and Abrams confirmed plans that Chris Hemsworth would return as Kirk's father, George, whom he played in the prologue of the first film. Later that month, Paramount confirmed the return of Hemsworth, as well as most of the Beyond cast, producers Abrams and Lindsey Weber, and writers J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Anton Yelchin (March 11th, 1989 – June 19th, 2016) was an American film and television actor, known for the Star Trek reboot series, Clumsy Smurf in The Smurfs and its sequel and for several other prominent roles.

Born to a Russian Jewish family in Leningrad, Yelchin relocated to the United States as an infant. He began performing in the late 1990s, appearing in several television roles and the Hollywood films Along Came a Spider and Hearts in Atlantis (both 2001). His role as Jacob Clarke in the Steven Spielberg miniseries Taken was significant in furthering his career as a child actor. He later appeared on the television series Huff and appeared in the films Terminator Salvation (2009), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Fright Night (2011), Like Crazy (2011), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and Green Room (2015). He appeared in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and the posthumously-released Star Trek Beyond (2016) portraying Pavel Chekov, a role originated by Walter Koenig in the original Star Trek TV series.

Early in the morning of June 19th, 2016, Yelchin was found by friends pinned between his Jeep Grand Cherokee and a brick pillar outside his home in Studio City, California, in what was described as a "freak accident." Yelchin exited his car while in his driveway, which is on a steep incline, when it rolled back and trapped him against the pillar and a security fence. He was pronounced dead later that day. He was 27. On August 1st, 2016, the attorney of Anton's parents announced that plans are in place to file a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against Fiat Chrysler.

Star Trek producer/director J.J. Abrams said that Yelchin's role will not be recast. Staffers at The Hall of Fame are saddened by Yelchin's death and it's hard to imagine not having a Chekov on the bridge of the Enterprise and we would agree with Abrams that recasting the role with another actor would not be right nor do we think be accepted by fans. Having said that, Janice in accounting came up with an idea that would put a Chekov back on the Enterprise. Pavel Chekov could have a younger sister, currently a Starfleet cadet, who is determined to follow her late brother into space.

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