5 Takeaways From 'Star Trek's' Fan Event: From Leonard Nimoy to 'Anaxar'

Director Justin Lin, producer J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto were all on hand for the celebration that was hosted by Adam Savage of 'Mythbusters.'
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Star Trek is turning 50.

On the Paramount lot, in Sound Stage 31 — where the original TV show was filmed — fans, press and Mythbuster Adam Savage came together on a Friday night for a pseudo birthday party, celebrating any and all things Star Trek.

Mythbusters' Adam Savage hosted the evening that featured a Q&A with Star Trek Beyond producer J.J. Abrams, director Justin Lin and stars Chris Pine, Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto. There also was a touching tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy and video tributes from filmmakers and celebrities on their first memories of Star Trek. The night culminated in the first peek at the new Beyond trailer, as well as some additional unreleased footage.

Here are five big takeaways from the night that celebrated 50 years of triumphs, Tribbles and Trekkies.

1. Rihanna is a Trekkie.
The evening opened with a video tribute to Star Trek, with celebrities talking about their experiences with the universe. Zoe Saldana, who will reprise her role as Uhura in Beyond, talked about first hearing Star Trek from the family living room, where her mother watched the show in Spanish. Actors Idris Elba and Simon Pegg also shared their tributes, as did pop star Rihanna, who said, "It was amazing to see this world I could never be a part but still felt so close to." 

2. J.J. Abrams announced that the lawsuit that Paramount brought against crowdfunded Star Trek movie, Anaxar, is "going away."
At the end of 2015, CBS and Paramount filed a lawsuit against a fan-produced film that had raised over more than $1 million in crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo with the hopes of making a "studio quality" film. Paramount and CBS saw this as a violation of their intellectual property. 

“Justin Lin loved [Star Trek] from the beginning," said Abrams, a self-professed late adopter of the franchise. Abrams continued: “There was a fan movie, Anaxar, that was getting made and there was a lawsuit that happened and Justin was outraged. He went to the studio and pushed them to drop the lawsuit.” Abrams was happy to announce that the lawsuit would be "going away" in the next few weeks.

3. Justin Lin announced where Star Trek Beyond will have its world premiere.  
Beyond will have its world premiere at this year's San Diego Comic Con, where it will be shown outdoors on an Imax screen. Karl Urban, giving his best Bones impression, yelled, “Are you kidding me? Comic-Con is a dark place filled with disease and sadness!” Abrams then surprised the audience by announcing everyone in attendance at the fan event would be receiving tickets to the world premiere. After the announcement, Lin hurried out of the soundstage. Beyond was set to be locked that night, so he had to return to the edit suite.

4. Expect a lot of Chekhov and Captain Kirk team-up in Beyond.
From the trailer, we see the Enterprise crew gets scattered after a violent attack, with Bones (Urban) and Spock (Quinto) finding themselves together post-melee. Quinto explained: “These are two characters that are historically diametrically opposed, so there is a lot of comedy that comes with that.” As for Captain Kirk (Pine), he ends up with the young Chekhov (Anton Yelchin). Pine joked of working with Yelchin: “This time I get to tour the galaxy with weird little Anton." He added that his and Yelchin's onscreen chemistry has a "buddy-cop comedy" bend to it. Of being separated from Pine's Kirk, Quinto simply stated, "I miss him" — a sentiment that got a big laugh from the audience. 

5. Leonard Nimoy has been immortalized on the Paramount lot.
In February 2015, Nimoy — the beloved actor who played the original Spock — passed away. During the Frodya's fan event, the audience was ushered outside of Sound Stage 31 and onto large bleachers for a ceremony that honored the late actor and ended with the reveal that the street outside the famous soundstage would now be named Leonard Nimoy Way. His wife and children were in attendance at the tribute, where Quinto led a champagne toast to Nimoy, saying, "So many actors in the future are going to be stumbling their way around the lot and [Nimoy] will guide their way, like he guided mine."
 
Star Trek Beyond is set to hits theater July 22.
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