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Quinto Highlights Abrams-To-Lin Evolution

Working with a new director took some getting used to, actor says

Fans sitting down to watch “Star Trek: Beyond” will still feel the presence of producer J.J. Abrams, but new director Justin Lin has gone out of his way to make his own mark.

“I think Justin brought his own vision to the story for sure,” the film’s Spock, Zachary Quinto, told Entertainment Weekly‘s Nick Romano. “I don’t think he was trying to do it like J.J., which is great. And they’re very different people, they’re very different directors.”

Abrams directed the 2009 film “Star Trek” as well as its sequel “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” but stepped aside for “Beyond” so that he could take on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” That opened up what seemed to be a hot battle for the director’s job, one that ultimately landed in the lap of one of Abrams’ most trusted writers, Roberto Orci.

However, Paramount Pictures executives reportedly didn’t like the story Orci’s team put together, and decided to completely revamp not only the story, but the director as well.

Lin, a self-proclaimed Star Trek fan and a successful director of films in the Fast & Furious action franchise, stepped in to take on a script written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.

It was certainly different on the set not having Abrams at the helm, but that didn’t make any of the actors hesitate, Quinto said.

“Both are enormously talented,” he said. “J.J.’s much more extrovert. Justin’s much more sort of visually knows where he’s going with things, and kind of keeps his distance a little bit.”

That stand-offishness could be somewhat attributed to the fact that this cast already has worked together for two movies, Quinto added. Even so, Lin was very respectful of that ensemble.

“Star Trek: Beyond” opens in theaters July 22.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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