The Starship Enterprise blasts into theaters yet again on Friday—so who better to help welcome it to Earth than Captain Kirk himself?
Men’s Fitness cover star Chris Pine beamed down to Times Square on Tuesday to talk about Star Trek: Beyond, the third movie in the rebooted franchise, with Good Morning America host (and fellow Men’s Fitness cover star) Michael Strahan.
As several of the trailers for Beyond have hinted so far, Kirk must explore his past (and the legacy of his father) even as he confronts a terrifying new foe in Krall, the blue-faced baddie played by Idris Elba. (Apparently it’s a winning combination: Beyond had a stellar 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of his interview.)
“In the first two films he was very much kind of an angry, young man raging against the system that had taken his father,” Pine said about the iconic Starfleet captain he portrays. “[He’s] a man living in the shadow of his father. This film is really about James Kirk becoming his own man, individuating and finding his own way in the world.”
Pine also expressed his sorrow at the death of fellow Star Trek franchise actor Anton Yelchin, who died in June in an accident.
“There’s nothing that can prepare you for something that happens that quickly to someone who’s that young,” Pine told Strahan. “Our group, if anything, is a group of friends and family and it was nice to have them around to process what had happened and to pay tribute to who Anton was and to remember him and to smile and to cry and to ride the waves of grief. Our film is a wonderful example of what made him special. You hear the term ‘light up the screen’ and that’s Anton. He’s this bubbly, lovely, smiling—just a lovable man. And so, I will miss him.”
But the show goes on, and Paramount Pictures announced Monday that there will be a fourth Star Trek flick—and this time, Kirk will cross paths with his father, “a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born.” Even better: Chris Hemsworth is set to reprise his role from the original 2009 Star Trek—you know, when he’s not filming for Thor movies and whatnot.