Top 10 things you didn’t know about the Star Trek films (@moviehouseNi, @Odysseycinemas)

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Star Trek Into Darkness teleports into UK cinemas today and is guaranteed to storm the box office at warp speed.

JJ Abrams’ new film sees reckless Captain Kirk (Chis Pine) stripped of his command of the Starship Enterprise but brought back on board to hunt down dangerous terrorist John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).

It’s the 12th film in the Star Trek film franchise, which shows no signs on slowing down.

Think you know everything about Star Trek? Well, think again. Here are our top ten facts about some of the films that you (probably) don’t know, courtesy on Virgin Media.


Star Trek Into Darkness

1. Director JJ Abrams ditched the colon in the title because ‘everything people are turned off about is represented by that colon’.

2. Star Trek Into Darkness became the first Star Trek film shot outside of the US after some scenes were filmed in Iceland.

Star Trek: First contact

3. Tom Hanks was linked to the role of Zefram Cochrane in First Contact, but pulled out to direct That Thing You Do.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

4. Celeb fan Christian Slater has a cameo in Star Trek VI because his mother, Mary Jo Slater, is the film’s casting director.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

5. Voyage Home’s love interest, Dr Taylor, was originally meant to be male and played by Eddie Murphy, but the comedian made The Golden Child instead.

6. Most of the whale shots in The Voyage Home were models but they looked so real producers received complaints from animal rights activists.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

7. William Shatner helped to fight a fire which broke out on set dressed up in full Kirk costume. He was worried it would delay his return to TV show TJ Hooker.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

8. Leonard Nimoy was reluctant to return for Wrath Of Khan, but couldn’t turn down the chance to do Spock’s death scene.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

9. Leonard Nimoy and Majel Barrett are the only actors to appear in both The Motion Picture and the 2009 reboot.

10. Adjusted for inflation, The Motion Picture remains the most financially successful classic era Star Trek movie. It’s beaten only by JJ Abrams’ reboot.

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