South Koreans are getting some of their final looks at “Star Trek: Beyond” before the film debuts there Aug. 25. But they’re getting the first look at what has become a somewhat minor Trek controversy over Hikaru Sulu’s family.
The trailer, which reportedly debuted this past week in the Asian country, shows a quick scene of people running to shelters, according to TrekCore. That scene reportedly takes place on the Yorktown station (named after what the USS Enterprise was originally going to be called), and wouldn’t have gained too much attention if it wasn’t for who was in the scene.
A man is carrying a young girl frantically, and he’s wearing a wedding ring. The girl is none other than the young actress already revealed as young Demora Sulu. Carrying her, by the way, is “Beyond” co-writer Doug Jung, who apparently is making a cameo as Sulu’s husband.
Watch the South Korean trailer right here.
The new advertisements also reveal that not only will the USS Enterprise be attacked by the swarm weapons as revealed in past trailers, but the Yorktown station itself also is targeted.
John Cho, who plays Sulu in the reboot films, told an Australian newspaper last week that “Beyond” would reveal his long-standing character as gay, complete with a husband and a daughter. That daughter was first revealed in the 1994 film “Star Trek: Generations,” but no other details of Sulu’s life has ever been shared.
While fans have been divided over the revelation, the openly gay actor who originated the role was surprisingly against the move. George Takei called the revelation “unfortunate” because it goes against what he said creator Gene Roddenberry would’ve wanted for the character.
However, both “Beyond” co-writer Simon Pegg and openly gay star Zachary Quinto have defended the move, saying creating a new character and making him or her gay as Takei had suggested would be the exact tokenism the 79-year-old actor was complaining about.
“Star Trek: Beyond” opens in North America July 22. However, it premieres first in Thailand on July 19, followed by Italy, the Philippines and Switzerland the next day.
More than 20 countries will see the film July 21, while the United States joins 15 others on July 22 — including the United Kingdom and Canada. “Beyond” opens in Egypt, Iceland, Chile, Colombia and Croatia by the end of the month, and then will debut in other parts of Europe and Asia in August.
Argentina will have to wait the longest, picking up the film Sept. 1, a week after Japan and South Africa.