Zoe Saldaña Gets a Shout Out in the First Trailer for ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Lead Photo: 'Star Trek into Darkness'

As the world goes mad over The Force Awakens, the latest installation of the Star Wars franchise, there’s one group of people who generally couldn’t care less: Trekkies. Yes, Star Trek is actually different from Star Wars, but it’s a perennial confusion that’s been generating enmity between the two groups of fans for over a generation. Of course, that’s not to say there aren’t Trekkies who can dig Star Wars and vice versa, but the two franchises represent fundamentally different approaches to the classic sci-fi model. And now, just as Star Wars fanatics are basking in their moment of glory, Trekkies have scored a small victory in the form of a 90-second trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

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Starring Bori-Dominicana superstar Zoe Saldaña as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura alongside Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Idris Elba, Star Trek Beyond is the franchise’s first installation directed by Taiwanese director Justin Lin of The Fast and The Furious fame. The change in style and tone is writ large across the new trailer, which revels in silly action gags and goofy one-liners in a way we’ve perhaps never seen from the franchise. The plot brings back our favorite Star Trek leads, Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, who are faced with a sudden attack from an unknown alien species that leaves them stranded on a hostile planet.

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Apparently, this all happens to the tune of Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” which might have worked better for The Fast and the Furious, but it certainly gives an interesting energy to the whole ordeal. As for Saldaña, we see her briefly around the 00:17 mark, opening her eyes as if perceiving some imminent danger, before giving way to a number of variations on the panicked shriek. It’s not a whole lot of screen time, but considering that Idris Elba didn’t even make it into the trailer, we’d say Zoe made it out pretty well. With a U.S. premiere slated for July 22, 2016, we’ve still got plenty of time to see her in full ass-kicking mode.