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'Star Trek Beyond' Character Posters Reveal New Look At Crew And Alien Adversary

Paramount has been releasing a poster a day since Wednesday last week to jack up promotions for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film directed by Justin Lin.

On Tuesday, the complete set of character posters were capped off with the unveiling of Chris Pine as Captain Kirk from the waist up and looking straight ahead with a diagonal line of ships and lights streaking along the lower right side of the frame.

Other characters got a similar treatment, except they were photographed looking sideways or away from the camera.

Familiar faces from the previous two films in the reboot franchise, which were directed by J.J. Abrams, were Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy (aka Bones), John Cho as Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and Anton Yelchin as Checkov.

Two new faces included in the set of character posters were Sofia Boutella as the fierce-looking alien, Jaylah, and Idris Elba as the Enterprise's newest foe, Krall.

Lin has expressed excitement over introducing Krall into the Star Trek universe since production began. According to the director, Beyond simply would not exist without this new adversary for the crew.

From what has been revealed so far, Beyond will take place two years after the events of Star Trek Into Darkness. The Enterprise will be docked at Starbase Yorktown for some much needed R and R as they are in the middle of their five-year mission.

But although the film will reportedly be returning to its exploration and adventure roots, Lin has promised some high-octane battle sequences as well.

One of the first battles will come when Krall arrives and attacks the space station. The menacing alien leader certainly doesn't think that Starfleet is the interstellar peaceful organization they present themselves to be and he's not afraid to take out his aggressions on the Enterprise crew while their vulnerable.

In previous interviews, Lin said that working together with Elba, right from their first sit-down together, to ensure he understood the character and his motivations was vital to getting the film right.

"And I feel like it was important when I had that first meeting, and once I decided what journey this film should take, it really was hinged off, again, this antagonist’s philosophy," he said.

The Enterprise will either be damaged or completely destroyed during the attack and the crew will find themselves stranded on a mysterious planet. That's where Boutella's character, Jaylah, comes in. As the crews newest ally, they must work together to survive and somehow get hold of Starfleet for a rescue and to warn them of Krall.

Beyond will get its IMAX worldwide debut during Comic-Con on July 20 in San Diego. It opens in theaters across the U.S. on July 22. Just a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.

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