Dawn of a new era: The Star Trek adventure begins once more

The Star Trek future is just beginning. Less than twelve hours ago, Star Trek opened in theaters across the world. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the eleventh Star Trek movie features new actors taking on classic roles once made famous by the likes of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and Nichelle Nichols.

Taking the reigns of an ailing franchise once thought near death, Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman bravely steered their film back to Star Trek’s origins.

Abrams directs Pine, Urban, Quinto, and Saldana in Star Trek (2009)

Abrams directs Pine, Urban, Quinto, and Saldana in Star Trek (2009)

Chris Pine takes over as a young James T. Kirk, not yet a captain. Zachary Quinto becomes Spock, still struggling to resolve the inner turmoil of being half-Vulcan and half-human. Karl Urban takes on Leonard McCoy, while Zoë Saldana is now Uhura.

By re-casting these legendary characters and re-imagining Star Trek’s future, Abrams has taken quite a risk. As a legend once said (and may say again, that’s the beauty of it), “Risk is our business.”

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