"Prelude to Axanar," a 20-minute short film starring Richard Hatch and Michael Hogan, is holding a red carpet premiere at Comic-Con International on July 26.
A 90-minute Q-and-A will follow the screening with executive producer and creator Alec Peters, director Christian Gossett ("The Red Star") and actors Hatch ("Battlestar Galactica"), Gary Graham ("Alien Nation," "Star Trek: Enterprise") and Kate Vernon ("Battlestar Galactica"). The event will run from 9-11 p.m. at the United Artists Horton Plaza 8 Movie Theater in San Diego's Gaslamp District. About 150 tickets are available free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
The independent production wrapped its Kickstarter campaign in March after beating its fundraising goal by more than $91,000.
Designed to herald the feature-length movie "Star Trek: Axanar," "Prelude to Axanar" is modeled after a History Channel special and is set about 13 years before Capt. James T. Kirk's original five-year mission. The story spotlights Garth of Izar and the events leading up to the famous Battle of Axanar, which was teased during the "Star Trek" Season 3 episode "Whom Gods Destroy."
Gossett co-wrote the script with Alec Peters ("Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II"). Other talent aboard the project include editor Robert Meyer Burnett (“Free Enterprise”), composer Alexander Bornstein, post-production supervisor Mark Edward Lewis and creative consultant David Gerrold, who wrote such original series episodes as "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "The Cloud Minders."
Hatch stars as Kharn, the Klingon supreme commander who spearheads the Empire in its war with the Federation. Also starring are Tony Todd ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Candyman") as Adm. Ramirez; Hogan ("Battlestar Galactica") as Robert April, former captain of the USS Enterprise; J.G. Hertzler ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") as Capt. Samuel Travis, a Starfleet veteran; Graham as the Vulcan Soval, a role the actor reprises from "Enterprise"; Vernon as Capt. Alexander; and Peters as Garth.
In "Whom Gods Destroy," Garth (Steve Ihnat), a legendary Starfleet captain who was one of Kirk's personal heroes, went insane after being injured during a rescue mission. He gained shapeshifting abilities from aliens who attempted to heal his injuries, and he was soon captured and committed to a Federation asylum.
The feature-length "Star Trek: Axanar" will receive its own Kickstarter campaign later this year and is expected to begin production soon after.
View the "Prelude to Axanar" trailer here.
For information, visit startrekaxanar.com.