Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana talk about their roles in Star Trek Beyond.
- Fast 8 offers you a tour of “automotive Valhalla.”
- Disney gives the green light to Descendants 2.
- A prop from the Ghostbusters remake now exists in the real world.
- HP helped design some of the technology seen in Star Trek Beyond.
- The Jason Bourne soundtrack features a familiar song.
Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana and grilled them about the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. The actors behind Spock and Uhura remained vague, but Saldana did touch on a plot element that has already been teased in the press a few times – the movie picks up with the crew of the Enterprise deep into a long mission and they’re already exhausted when they find themselves under attack:
We’re tired, we need time off, we’ve been working non-stop, and it’s become like a machine where you kind of forget about yourself, but you need to go back home and nurture yourself and rest. Life has a different journey for us, and instead of us having to go out and aid another population, another planet that has been the target of violence, we are the target, so this is very different. We are tested at the craziest level and not just our lives are tested, but our characters and our relationships are tested.
Quinto is less specific about Spock’s journey in the film, but as you’d expect, he’s still reeling from the loss of his home planet in 2009’s Star Trek:
His planet was destroyed and they’re rebuilding, and he’s trying to figure out where his energy is best directed to help other people. He comes into a new awareness of his own mortality for a number of reasons, and there’s a lot of stuff that he’s trying to figure out in this film. By the end, I think he realizes the best path for himself moving forward.
The not-so-subtle theme connecting both of their statements is that everyone on board the Enterprise is going to be in for a really, really rough time in this film.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has teamed up with Paramount for a big marketing campaign to benefit both Stark Trek Beyond and “The Machine,” HP’s upcoming and long-in-development project that seemingly intends to reinvent computers as we know and use them. In the advertisement above, The Machine is revealed to be the key to the astonishing futuristic technologies of the Star Trek universe, which is a pretty ballsy way to sell your product. However, the collaboration goes a little deeper than that, as it was revealed that HP helped design a few pieces of sci-fi technology seen in Star Trek Beyond, including “the quarantine,” “the book,” and the “diagnostic wrap.” It’s not entirely clear how these devices will function in the final film, but you can check out preliminary sketches of them in the gallery below.
HP’s annual HP Discover conference in Las Vegas also played host to a prop from the film: the “Kelvin Pod,” AKA, one of the Enterprise’s escape pods. You can see them in action the Star Trek Beyond trailer. That name seems to be derived from the USS Kelvin, the starship that Captain Kirk’s father briefly commanded before its destruction back in the original Star Trek reboot. You can check out a gallery of photos at the link above.
The official Fast and Furious Facebook page has shared a video featuring the film’s vehicle coordinator Dennis McCarthy as he shows us around the “automotive Valhalla,” a set featuring the most expensive collection of vehicles ever assembled for one of these movies. You don’t even have to be an car nut to appreciate the scale of this location and the sheer number of incredible motor vehicles on display.