Star Trek Beyond actor and co-writer Simon Pegg has shared some interesting details about his upcoming movie, and explained what the film is all about. The Justin Lin-directed movie continues the new adventures of Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise as they pursue their five-year mission to explore new worlds.
Pegg, who plays Scotty in Star Trek movies, spoke to Screen Rant at the world premiere of the movie in 2016 Comic-Con and shared, "We wanted to address the idea of collectivism and the importance of unity – on a macro scale and micro scale: the idea of the Federation and the idea of the crew as a collective – and Krall being a force which thinks that is not the right way to go."
"It's about separatism, and about conflict, and about maintaining war, because that's where heroes are born, heroes aren't born in peace time," he added.
The actor also explained what the film was about with reference to current events. He said, "And that's a very current idea, you know, we have people who are constantly trying to drag our society into conflict. We have people who want to drag us apart, you know, we've just been through that back at home with Brexit."
According to him, Star Trek Beyond is all about putting your differences aside and working together. Pegg said, "You have Trump talking about building walls between countries. It's like, this is madness, we should be coming together, the most important thing is that we put aside our differences and find a way to work together. That's what this film is about."
The 46-year-old actor also called Star Trek movies a social commentary and said, "I feel a responsibility to Star Trek. Star Trek has always been social commentary. It's always used science fiction as a metaphor to reflect on current preoccupations and fears. And so, just out of deference to Star Trek, it's important to have something in there to chew on."
"Every piece of art, if we can be that lofty, is a reflection of where it comes from, and you'll see social commentary, even if it's not intended, in everything. Art is our deepest thoughts coming out and being expressed in different ways. So it's almost inevitable that it happens. For us, it was something that we wanted to do on purpose." he added.