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Watch Gripping New ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trailer

Following first trailer criticism, second preview offers glimpse into film’s tense plot and Idris Elba’s main baddie

Star Trek Beyond has unveiled its gripping new trailer for the third film in the rebooted sci-fi series. In the preview, Captain Kirk, Scotty and other members of the USS Enterprise must survive being marooned on a faraway planet after a powerful, unknown adversary destroys their spaceship and takes some of the crew hostage.

While the blockbuster’s first Beastie Boys-assisted trailer was roundly criticized for being perhaps too carefree and action-packed – even actor and Star Trek Beyond co-screenwriter Simon Pegg admitted of the first trailer, “I didn’t love it. I know there’s a lot more to the film.” – the second preview offers up much more in terms of plot, characters and emotional breadth.

“It’s not uncommon, you know? It’s easy to get lost in the vastness of space,” a character played by actress Shohreh Aghdashloo warns in the trailer. “There’s only yourself, your ship, your crew.” The latest trailer also boasts an extended look at the sci-fi series’ newest cast mates: Sofia Boutella as an alien with martial arts skills and an almost-unrecognizable Idris Elba as the film’s main villain.

Star Trek Beyond, directed by The Fast and the Furious series’ Justin Lin and the follow-up to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, opens July 22nd.

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