“Star Trek 3” director Justin Lin has ended weeks of speculation, and allowed news outlets to stop calling his next film “Star Trek 3.”
Instead, it’s officially “Star Trek: Beyond,” with the man popular for his work in the Fast and Furious film franchise releasing a picture of a new Starfleet patch on a uniform that almost hints at inspiration from the last Star Trek series, “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
It prominently features the arrowhead symbol that has become iconic with Star Trek, but interestingly enough, was only supposed to represent the crew of the USS Enterprise in the original “Star Trek” series. Other Starfleet officers wore different insignia based on assignment.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 29, 2015
Although the adoption of the symbol fleetwide is said by fans to honor the impact the original Enterprise had in the expansion of the United Federation of Planets, such claims were never established in canon, according to Memory Alpha. Since the advent of the feature films in the late 1970s, the insignia has been adopted throughout the fleet, and even ret-conned into being the established symbol even before Kirk was born in the 2009 “Star Trek” film.
“Beyond” has been the rumored name of the new film for weeks, first mentioned by actor and writer Simon Pegg, and further reinforced after Paramount Pictures acquired StarTrekBeyond.com from a fan, who would later announce he was pitching a new Star Trek television series to the studio.
The new film is rumored to include “The Wire” star Idris Elba, and is expected to start the long-awaited five-year mission of the Enterprise. It stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin.
“Beyond” is set to premiere next July.