"Star Trek Beyond" will be released in July this year, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the original "Star Trek." It is expected to play homages to the original, taking within its plot the spirit of adventure that made the first film popular. And one way to do that is to add a character from the classic "Star Trek" movie — Demora, Hikaru Sulu's daughter.
The character of Demora first appeared in the "Star Trek: Generations," which debuted in 1994. Just like his father, she went on to join the Starfleet Academy to specifically learn flight operations. After she finished the course, she took up the role of helmsman at the Enterprise-B.
The possibility that avid fans of the sci-fi franchise will be learning more about her came in John Cho's, who portrays Hikaru Sulu, interview with Entertainment Tonight. Sulu is seen with a small picture of his daughter while operating his command station.
He also revealed that "there is another revelation that you'll find out in regards to this baby, but you'll have to wait to see the movie."
Meanwhile, a storyline that does not go too far from the past installments is what fans could expect from "Star Trek Beyond." In the trailer released last December, the Enterprise is under attack. Film director Justin Lin could be trying to make some changes that would set the upcoming movie apart from its predecessors. In the past installments, it had always been a battle of who has the bigger ships.
"But if you look at the attack, these ships are 40 feet long but there are 40,000 of them... What makes 'Star Trek' scifi great is that you can acknowledge what's happening today. The way we are as a country and the way we engage in conflict, in this 'Star Trek' you see that it's different [from the 60s]," Lin told Devin Faraci of Birth Movies Death.
Being seemingly more action-packed than previous "Star Trek" movies, the trailer for "Star Trek Beyond" received mixed reactions from the crowd. Some said that it could tamper the reputation of past installments, which were filled with scientific intelligence that made them great films to watch.
Lin, though, negated the speculation, saying "We want to push it further, introduce new species and have new adventures, but the core thing I love about '[Star] Trek' is the characters and exploring humanity and the Federation."