Star Trek Beyond

The latest Star Trek Beyond trailer featured frequent glimpses of a Federation installation of some kind, which we know know is a Starfleet Starbase called Yorktown. IGN asked star/co-writer Simon Pegg about what this place is and he wasn’t shy about providing details:

It’s a kind of diplomatic hub. It’s where all the most recent Federation inductees can come and mingle with each other and learn about each other.

He also explained that Yorktown was built the edge of Federation space, which how the crew of the Enterprise can stop there while in the middle of their expedition to explore the uncharted corners of the galaxy:

You can imagine — me and [co-writer Doug] Jung joked that there were various aliens with leaflets, handing them out to other aliens like, ‘Come and see our world!’ But it’s basically a place where they can go, where they can better understand what being part of the Federation means. It’s an important kind of tactical establishment for the Federation. It’s been built locally, so it’s very interesting to look at, but it’s where the Enterprise docks up. [This is] the first time in like 10 months [that the Enterprise has] had kind of proper contact with other people, and that’s where the story begins.

Academy Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino, who provided the music for the first two Star Trek films in the rebooted universe, announced on Twitter that he will be returning for Star Trek Beyond. With J.J. Abrams jumping ship for that other science fiction movie series, Giacchino’s music should provide some much-needed continuity between Justin Lin‘s entry in the series and its predecessors. Plus, his scores for Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were just plain phenomenal, capturing Trek‘s classic spirit of adventure even when the movies themselves (hello, Into Darkness) did not.

That new trailer appears to have opened the floodgates of all things Star Trek Beyond, because a bunch of new photos from the set of the film have arrived online. On display in the gallery above: the crew’s new uniforms, their new alien ally Jaylah, and shots of Justin Lin directing a Star Trek movie with a big goofy grin on his face.

Paramount has released the next batch of Star Trek Beyond character posters, showing off Chris Pine‘s Captain Kirk, Idris Elba‘s Krall, Simon Pegg’s Scotty, John Cho‘s Sulu, Zoe Saldana‘s Uhura, Zachary Quinto‘s Spock, and Anton Yelchin‘s Chekhov. You can peruse all of the posters, including previous seen one-sheets for Dr. McCoy and Jaylah, in the gallery above.

As part of the marketing for Finding Dory, Disney has apparently decided that June 11 will be “Speak Like a Whale Day” and they’ve released this brief video featuring Kaitlin Olson and Ty Burrell (who play Destiny the whale shark and Bailey the beluga whale in the film) doing their best whale-speak. The whole thing feels impossibly corporate…but it’s also kinda-sorta-maybe pretty cute?

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