Star Trek fans may not have to wait too long for another Spock and Captain Kirk story, as PleaseStand By might do the trick.
Dakota Fanning plays a young autistic woman named Wendy who has a regimented day which includes working at the local Cinnabon and watching an episode of Star Trek. Determined to deliver her 500 page Star Trek script for a writing competition, Wendy leaves her caregiver and goes on a cross country journey filled with setbacks and (one would hope) life affirming moments. Patton Oswalt co-stars as the police officer who shares Wendy’s love for the Klingon language and, in a very clever stroke, Alice Eveplays Wendy’s concerned sister (Eve starred in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness). Ben Lewin, who helmed the acclaimed flick The Sessions, is the director.
Please Stand By hits theaters and On Demand January 26, 2018.
Being a Star Trek fan has never been a prerequisite for actors looking to get a role in any of the Star Trek movies or TV shows. But when they cast the lead character, Captain Gabriel Lorca, on the new show Star Trek: Discovery, they managed to get a superfan in Jason Isaacs. When he was growing up in the UK, Star Trek was can’t-miss viewing in his house. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Isaacs)
Star Trek: Discovery streams on CBS All Access, with new episodes posted each Sunday.
Since its debut 51 years ago Star Trek has grown into a phenomenon that creator Gene Roddenberry never could have imagined in his wildest dreams. With more than a dozen movies released and a sixth TV series about to premiere, Trek is one of the most prolific and successful franchises ever. Alex Kurtzman, who is a producer and writer on the new show, Star Trek: Discover, is very familiar with the Star Trek universe, having written the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel, Into Darkness. Why does he think the franchise continues to thrive? He attributes it to Roddenberry’s original optimistic vision. (Click on the media bar below to hear Alex Kurtzman)
Star Trek: Discovery airs on the CBS All Access streaming service.
Star Trek has been a huge part of intergalactic pop culture for nearly 51 years now. Why? There are as many reasons as there are fans, because Trekkies tend to take the shows and movies very personally. But we pay special attention when the theory is coming from the original Capt. James T. Kirk, William Shatner. (Click on the media bar below to hear William Shatner)
The Star Trek saga continues this fall as Star Trek: Discovery debuts on the CBS All Access streaming service, though non-subscribers will be able to get a look when the CBS television network broadcasts the series premiere Sunday, September 24 at 8:30/7:30c.
For five decades, Star Trek has been part of our culture in so many different ways. Whether it’s the original series that first aired 50 years ago and the many different series that it’s spun off, or even the various films, fans can’t get enough of Star Trek. We also can’t forget the many professionals it’s inspired when they were young such as scientists, astronauts, and so many more.
There are many reasons why Star Trek remains relevant. We spoke to William Shatner, the actor whose career was forever changed thanks to his work as Captain James T. Kirk, and he gave us his theories as to why Star Trek continues to transcend time and weather.