The next installment of the rebooted Star Trek saga, Star Trek 3, officially dubbed Star Trek Beyond, is still more than year away, but it’s close enough that fans are already counting down to next summer. Even at this early in the game, it’s already been a bumpy ride. There have been behind-the-scenes issues, the original director butted heads with the studio over the direction of the franchise, and the original script was even said too be too Star Trek-y, and handed over to one of the stars to rewrite.

All in all, it’s kind of a mess, but things do appear to be moving forward, as we keep hearing talk of progress, casting, and even potential plot details. We know some things and have general ideas of other elements, but it does promise new adventures for the crew of the starship Enterprise, which will hopefully entail them actually going into deep space instead of hanging around Earth like they have for the last two movies.

Star Trek Beyond recently dropped a first trailer, which is beyond action packed. Check it out below.
So now seems like as good a time as any to take a moment and collect everything we know so far about Star Trek Beyond. Laid out side to side as it is, hopefully this will give us all a better idea of what to expect from the third part of the franchise that J.J. Abrams and company helped remodel back in 2009, and gave another facelift in 2013 with the much-maligned Star Trek Into Darkness.

The Director
The question of who was going to direct Star Trek 3 was an issue since day one. Obviously, J.J. Abrams departed, moving onto helm Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and after much deliberation, and some misdirection on the part of the studio, the reins were handed over to Roberto Orci. Despite a long history as writer and producer, including on the last two films, Orci had never directed anything, ever, before landing the job. This choice didn’t sit well with many fans, as he shoulders, rightly or wrongly, much of the ire for the underwhelming Star Trek Into Darkness. This was to be short lived, however, as conflict with Paramount over the direction of the franchise led to a split, and though he’ll still serve as a producer, he will no longer direct or contribute to the script.

In the wake of Orci vacating the big chair, the studio tapped the man largely responsible for bringing The Fast and Furious franchise back to life, Justin Lin. Beating out the likes of Duncan Jones, Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, and Daniel Espinosa, among others, Lin is trading in hot rods for starships, and bringing his considerable action chops to the science fiction realm. Given how insane he gets with stunts while still a slave to Earth’s gravity, it’s should be a hoot indeed to see what he pulls out of his sleeve in deep space. He has said that his ultimate goal is to deconstruct the franchise and reaffirm all of the things that make it great.

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