Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi has proven to be the most divisive Star Wars film ever. While it earned generally favorable reviews from critics (91% on Rotten Tomatoes), the general audience was a little more even split (47% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes). Those most vocal about the film have been hard-core Star Wars fans who were not fans of many of the plot details that happened in the film. Depending on who you ask, The Last Jedi was either a bold new direction for the Star Wars franchise, or something that finally destroyed fans’ childhoods. Many who were displeased with the film did not like the direction Luke Skywalker went, even Luke himself, Mark Hamil wasn’t too pleased with the direction his beloved character went.
While we’ve all been told to Let the Wookie win, because he’ll rip your arm off, we’ve only had Han Solo’s warning as proof. Now, thanks to some unused footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens we can rest assured that Han Solo’s dire prediction of amputation was quite correct as Unkar Plutt (Simon Peg) finds out that Poking a Wookie needs to be added to the Let the Wookie win list. (more…)
Justin Lin‘s (Fast & Furious) Star Trek Beyond hits theaters this weekend and we’re sure to get an action packed ride, but will Simon Pegg‘s script also provide fans with that Star Trek feeling from the television series and movies that many fans have claimed was missing in the rebooted Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness? Check out this last trailer and find out. (more…)
If you’ve been following us here on Nerdbastards, you’ve probably become aware that in the new movie Star Trek Beyond, the character Hikaru Sulu (as played by John Cho) is ‘coming out’ of the metaphorical closet with little fanfare. This was in hopes, by writer Simon Pegg (who also plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott) to normalize gay characters in Star Trek; it was also intended to honor the character’s original actor George Takei, who is a gay man himself and huge advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. However, in a surprising twist, George Takei (respectfully) disapproved of the change. It did not take long for Simon Pegg to give Takei a response (also with a respectful tone). Now, Mr. Takei has responded back to the Star Trek writer, and he seems to have extended the hand of peace. (more…)
A couple of days back, Star Trek fans were provided with the information that in the newest film, Star Trek Beyond, Hikaru Sulu (played by John Cho in the rebooted series) would be revealed to have a husband and daughter waiting at home for him. While many fans of the series applauded the decision, the one person who seemed to be most vocal with his displeasure of the treatment was none other than the original Sulu himself, George Takei. Considering the fact that the decision to reveal Sulu’s sexuality was almost a tribute to Takei, who revealed his sexuality years back and has since been a very vocal activist for the LGBT community, it came as rather a shock when Takei publicly voiced his displeasure with Sulu’s new characteristic. Now, Simon Pegg, who will be taking his third outing as Scotty in the new Trek film, has a few words for Takei. (more…)
After word dropped that the Steven Spielberg helmed adaptation of the beloved Sci-Fi novel Ready Player One was being pushed back several months as to not be gobbled up in the tidal wave that will be Star Wars Episode VIII, a new announcement now has the pop culture world churning with excitement. The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Star Trek and Shaun Of The Dead star Simon Pegg is now in talks to join the world of OASIS.
If you found yourself wondering where the Star Trek had gone in the latest Star Trek Beyond trailer, you weren’t alone in that feeling. Many fans, including the director himself, Justin Lin wondered why the first trailer was cut that way. Simon Pegg, and Lin assured fans with statements after the trailer made its way across the Internet that there was a lot more Star Trek in Star Trek Beyond than that one trailer showed. Those of you that don’t want to wait and want some old school Star Trek now should click-through and check out Star Trek Continues. (more…)
Well, that didn’t take long. Shortly after the German language version of the new Star Trek Beyond trailer leaked out to the Internet, Paramount has released the full English language version. Now I am sure that there will be a lot of moaning and groaning from the old school trekkers. I find myself wondering what happened when faced with all that music and action filled scenes laced with slightly forced humor. Many folks will be asking if this is their father’s Star Trek, or my Star Trek as the age case may be. (more…)
Well, it seems that for just about any movie, anywhere, some version of the trailer will leak. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just about the only movie I can think of that didn’t have some kind of leak. The German language version of the trailer for Star Trek Beyond has hit the Internet and you should grab a look before Paramount’s lawyer squad starts with the take down notices. (more…)
For months now, we have heard rumors about a collaborator that J.J. Abrams brought from his Star Trek franchise over to the world of Star Wars. In a sizzle reel played at Comic-Con last summer, we caught a glimpse of Star Trek star Simon Pegg (who has stepped up to earn a writing credit on the 2016 sequel Star Trek Beyond) on the set of the new Star Wars movie in a big, weird alien fat suit. We now have photos confirming details about his character. (more…)