Star Trek Beyond will take the time to address the death of Leonard Nimoy, a.k.a. Mr. Spock, in some way. How exactly hasn’t been disclosed, but it makes sense that it should be done given how extremely integral both Spock and Nimoy were–are–to the Star Trek franchise.


Via 1701 News:

“It’s something you’ll see in the film,” [director Justin] Lin told Film Journal International, according to TrekCore. “It obviously affected everybody because he’s been a big part of our lives. There’s an attempt to acknowledge that in some way.”


Leonard Nimoy passed away February 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. He’d already been semi-retired when the Star Trek franchise was reignited by J.J. Abrams, and he was subsequently asked to reprise his iconic role as Spock.


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We’ll always miss him.


According to a Q & A with SCIFI Wire in 2009 (via Blastr), he loved returning to the role after more than a decade, and everyone else on set appreciated the moment they were witnessing:


 “I got such a sense from everybody, that I was welcomed back and that they really enjoyed seeing me come back to do this. I hadn’t done it in something like, I think, 18 years. And everybody was aware of that. It was a very special experience.”


Star Trek Beyond will almost be a reboot in that it will ignore the events of its controversial predecessor, Star Trek: Into Darkness. The U.S.S. Enterprise will embark on a five-year mission to explore space unknown. The ship becomes damaged, marooning Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew on an unknown planet. From then on it’s a fight against the elements to make it off the planet and back home to Earth.

Star Trek Beyond also stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Idris Elba. Look for it in theaters July 22.


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