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Star Trek team hold German news conference

Friday 17 Apr 2009 12:00a.m.

Star Trek team hold German news conference

The new cast of the USS Enterprise have brought the Star Trek prequel to Germany.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Zoe Saldana joined director JJ Abrams to give a press conference in Berlin, Thursday, hours ahead of the film's German premiere.

The film comes more than four decades after the original Star Trek TV series ran, and is likely to generate a whole new and younger fan base.

Abrams counts himself among the new fans. 

"As someone who is not a huge Trek fan to begin with, I have become one," Abrams told the press conference. "And it's mostly because I have discovered - a little bit late, the fans pre-existed me for quite a while - but I've discovered how brilliant what Gene Roddenberry created really is."

That brilliance can be explained, according to Abrams' new Captain James T Kirk, actor Chris Pine.

"When the first series came out in the late '60s the world was racked, at least America was, civil division, social division, 2 wars, and I think it presented a vision of humanity," Pine said.

The new prequel goes back in time to the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise.

The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of two young and very competitive cadets with difference leadership styles.

Star Trek fan sites have been excitedly anticipating seeing Mr Spock, played by the original actor, Leonard Nimoy, going back in time to warn his younger Vulcan self (Quinto) that the crew are being hunted by the villainous Nero.

The young Spock then joins forces with the Young Kirk and audiences will see their lifelong friendship being, as their adventures of the iconic spaceship get underway.

Heroes star Zachary Quinto makes his film debut as the young Spock.  For him, spending time with Nimoy and taking on his signature character was a joy.

"To get to know the man that brought him to life and had such an incredible experience with him for over 40 years and to really have the torch be passed from him to me, was an incredible honour" said Quinto, "and I'm sure will remain so for the rest of my career and life."

Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg plays Scotty.

"It wasn't a job for me, not least because I didn't get paid," joked the British comedian, "I only found out that they did yesterday, I paid JJ a small fee to be in this film."

Zoe Saldana plays Nyota Uhura, and was impressed with the new look Star Trek.

"From the lighting to the gadgets and everything it all looked so real," Saldana told the press conference. "The lighting was excellent for actors we were loving it too.  And if only the gadgets worked we would have been in complete heaven. But it was a very awesome space for us to work.

Star Trek is released worldwide in May.




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