Whoa! 1st 'Star Trek: Beyond' Trailer Puts the Enterprise in Peril

The U.S.S. Enterprise appears to be torn apart in this scene from the first trailer of "Star Trek: Beyond," which arrives in theaters in July 2016
The U.S.S. Enterprise appears to be torn apart in this scene from the first trailer of "Star Trek: Beyond," which arrives in theaters in July 2016 (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

The first official trailer for next year's "Star Trek: Beyond" shows the fan-beloved starship Enterprise on the verge of breaking up while going through a dense asteroid field.

"We've got no ship. No crew. How are we going to get out of this one?" Capt. James T. Kirk (played by Chris Pine) asks in the awesome trailer as the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" plays in the background.

The third rebooted "Star Trek" film is directed by Justin Lin, who is best known for "The Fast and the Furious" car-racing franchise. And the action in the high-energy, 90-second preview really shows. [The Evolution of 'Star Trek' (Infographic)]

Among other scenes shown from "Star Trek: Beyond" are Scotty (Simon Pegg) clinging onto a cliff after jumping from a small ship, and Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Karl Urban) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) at robotic gunpoint.

"Well, at least I won't die alone," McCoy says. A moment later, Spock is "beamed" out of the scene to parts unknown. Bones turns around, surprised. "Well, that's just typical."

Media reports say the trailer was supposed to debut in theaters ahead of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but after the trailer leaked, it was released officially today (Dec. 14).

The film will be released July 22, 2016, during the 50th anniversary year of the "Star Trek" franchise. The approaching milestone has sparked many tributes from the original "Star Trek" crew and its successors. These tributes include two upcoming documentaries on the first Spock (Leonard Nimoy), who appeared in the first two films of the rebooted franchise and died earlier this year.

Incidentally, the USS Enterprise has been lost (or almost lost) in several "Star Trek" films over the decades — most famously, during "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," when Kirk (played by William Shatner) intentionally destroys the ship to keep it away from the Klingons.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace