In an interview with MTV, Anton Yelchin, who will be playing Chekov in the upcoming reboot of the Star Trek franchise, has spoken about the film’s relation to its original source.
While most of the interview contains old information, the 18 year-old actor did reveal that the series will remain affectionate towards its roots, but still be an entity in its own right that will be just as accessible to non-fans as veteran Trekkers. “It’s a pretty cool action movie regardless of what you think of Star Trek…it’s a sci-fi action film. Knowing nothing about [the series], and going in and reading the script, I was totally fine. I thought it was great, and really interesting, and a lot of fun to read. Obviously, there are special [in-joke] perks if you’ve been a Star Trek fan for 40 years. But I hope that anyone would go and see this film, knowing that it’s gonna be an action movie.”
Allaying fan fears somewhat with regards to the modernisation of the Enterprise, Yelchin also had this to say. “I can’t explain how you get to see us all together, but it’s…you’re on the Enterprise, and you just know, it feels so epic. We shot the last scene in the film, and you see everyone in the gold, and the blue, and the red.”
Star Trek is directed by JJ Abrams, and released in May 2009.