Karl Urban: Star Trek Beyond “is an amazing journey”

Urban talks teaming up with Spock in Star Trek Beyond

As if it wasn’t clear enough already, Star Trek Beyond looks like it’ll see the crew of the Enterprise facing their biggest challenge yet. Stranded out on a hostile planet with no way of getting home, the crew are forced to team up in odd-couple pairings, with one such dynamic being Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto).

Urban finds it interesting that they come face-to-face with that reality of actually being in a confined environment with each other. “There’s a lot of fun, fertile, funny material to explore in that,” he laughs. “This movie really explores what is beyond what we’ve set up. It questions why we are doing what we’re doing. What is the validity of it? What is the meaning of it? Through this movie we disperse and go on these amazing individual journeys of growth, and then come back together. It’s a lot of fun to watch.”

“Zach and I had a lot of fun together,” notes Urban. “You get the polarity of these two characters that are quite often chalk and cheese, and you throw them into the deep end, because it’s just so much fun to watch these characters get together to try to figure it out. And there is such a deep respect between them. They may philosophically and ideologically and emotionally be polar opposites, but when the chips are down, they come together to overcome a common adversity. That’s one of the strengths of Star Trek, and always has been.”

Aside from getting to explore a new dynamic, Star Trek Beyond also hosts a sea change in the form of new director Justin Lin, who replaces the outgoing JJ Abrams. From Urban’s perspective, the change was welcome.

“It was wonderful having a fresh injection of energy,” Urban elaborates, “and of course the way that Justin approaches this material is obviously different from the way that JJ does. Justin being a long-term fan of Trek, he is very vigilant that he imbues his movie with, I guess, a real sense and spirit that is akin to what Roddenberry created in the Sixties.”

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