Justin LinJustin Lin was at Paramount on Monday to talk to members of the press about the first teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond.

Speaking to SlashFilm, he explained the idea behind the first teaser trailer:

“Well, its a minute and a half, you know… And again, there were other versions that were much more traditional and I can see where maybe the hardcore fans could probably see that as, “Oh.” But with trailers you’re putting a two-hour movie into a minute and a half, and the one thing I wanted to make sure is that it hopefully represents that we are trying to be bold and take risks, whether we are successful or not, I don’t know. That was something I was excited to do and with collaborators like Simon [Pegg] and Doug [Jung], passion for the franchise will be there regardless.  So however it’s presented, yeah it’s a minute and a half, and my challenge to everyone making the trailer is about saying “let’s not go off course, I’m not afraid to share — share it, I feel like we have the goods in a two-hour run and you really do get to know the characters and hopefully the journey is great. I love it and the cast did an amazing job and the crew… and the inside baseball version of the creation of this Trek was pretty condensed in how you usually make a movie of this size. And I wanted us to be bold, I wanted us to take chances and hopefully in a minute and a half we are able to convey that.”

Kirk Star Trek BeyondAs for those fans who think Lin might have made a Fast & Furious movie set in the Trek universe, Lin understands where the criticism is coming from:

“Yeah, and I don’t know if that’s the case here. When I saw the teaser, I’m like, aw shit.  You really have to put the motorcycle in there? So I get it, I get it, I get it.”

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Speaking to io9, Lin spoke about Idris Elba’s character and confirmed his first appearance in the trailer.

Krall Star Trek BeyondThe film’s villain, Krall (Idris Elba), is motivated by a clash between his beliefs and the Federation’s.

The conflict between Krall’s belief system and the Federation’s philosophy is an important one in the film.

“What would happen if you were going on a five-year journey and you’re trying to not only explore but also maybe introduce other people to this way of thinking,” Lin said. “What would that mean? What are the consequences to that? Spreading a philosophy that you believe in, that you think is great. Are there gonna be any other points of views that’s gonna counter you? And I think those are the things that I thought of as a kid. And also then as an adult when I watch Star Trek. And I think we got to kind of explore that a little bit.”

So Krall’s beliefs will challenge the views of the Enterprise crew, but the crew will also question them themselves. Especially Kirk. “Why is Kirk doing what he’s doing?” Lin asked. “We assume on the TV show that [joining Starfleet] is just something he did, but I want to know why. Are you going to continue? What’s the reason? Why do you do what you do?”

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Justin Lin also spoke about the timeline between Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond.

“We pick them up about two and a half years after the end of Into Darkness and there were iterations where we did explore [the impact of Khan],” Lin said. He revealed they shot a ton of stuff that won’t make the movie but “at the end of the day I just felt with two-and-a-half years in, in the presentation of this film, it didn’t quite fit in.”