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'Star Trek Beyond': 'Tailor-made' for Chinese audiences


08-20-2016 00:56 BJT

The 'Star Trek Beyond' press tour has made it's way to Asia, with the cast and crew here in Beijing to promote the latest film in the rebooted franchise. According to director Justin Lin, "Star Trek Beyond" was made with Chinese audiences in mind. Hundreds of eager Chinese fans came out to meet the actors here in the capital. Take a look.

'Star Trek Beyond'

Director Justin Lin was joined by cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and actor/writer Simon Pegg at the red carpet event. Lin, who took over the reins from J.J. Abrams for the third film in the rebooted franchise, said he had spoken to numerous people in China before making the movie.

"I talked to a lot of people on why they go to movies, what kind of movies they want to see. And the thing that I got back was that everyone here, such great people and they work so hard, and they want to get a sense of like to escape and to really kind of just enjoy, have fun, laugh and enjoy big action, and I feel like this movie is tailor-made for the Chinese audience," said Lin.

The film's screenplay is co-written by Simon Pegg, who returns as the character Scotty. Speaking at a press conference after walking the red carpet, Pegg said "Star Trek Beyond" can also be enjoyed by complete newcomers to the franchise.

"If you've never seen a "Star Trek" film, this is a great place to start. It'll introduce you to the characters, it'll give you the taste of what it is all about. If you have seen "Star Trek" before then there are benefits there also. But if you're new to "Star Trek," come and join the party, because it's a cracking one," said actor and co-writer Simon Pegg.

"Star Trek Beyond" sees Pine and Quinto take on their previous roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock respectively. Quinto admits that last year's death of the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, has affected his portrayal of the legendary character in this movie.

"I don't think I feel like extra pressure. I feel a little bit more of a sense of the responsibility of honoring Leonard (Nimoy) and his legacy and the legacy of the character that he created," said Quinto. 

"Star Trek Beyond" opens in China on Sept. 2nd.

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