- Cast: Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Winona Ryder, Tyler Perry, Rachel Nichols, Jennifer Morrison, Chris Hemsworth, Clifton Collins Jr., Ben Cross, Paul McGillion, Jimmy Bennett, Faran Tahir, Scottie Thompson, Spencer Daniels, Brad William Henke, Jacob Kogan, Jeff Chase, Sonita Henry
- Director: J.J. Abrams
- Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
- Producers: J.J. Abrams, Stratton Leopold, Damon Lindelof
- Co Producer: David Witz
- Executive Producers: Bryan Burk, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
- Art Direction: Keith Cunningham
- Castings: April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg
- Costume Design: Michael Kaplan
- D.O.P.: Daniel Mindel
- Editors: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey
- Music: Michael Giacchino
- Production Design: Scott Chambliss
- Set Decoration: Karen Manthey
The greatest adventure of all time begins with "Star Trek," the incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.
The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock (Zachary Quinto), was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before!
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content
- Production Budget: $125 million
- Production Companies: Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 11 November 2007 - 27 March 2008
- In a UK interview with Edith Bowman on BBC Radio 1, Matt Damon mentioned that he called J.J. Abrams when he heard rumors that he was being considered for the role of Captain Kirk. The response from Abrams was a very polite "No", stating that Damon was "too old" for the role.
- Sydney Tamiia Poitier auditioned for the role of Uhura.
- William Shatner stated in an interview with Howard Stern that he was not asked to be in this movie.
- The first teaser for the film played in front of Cloverfield (2008) and showed a few seconds of the construction of USS Enterprise. This was played over sounds from US space exploration, including clips of President John F. Kennedy speaking on space exploration, and radio transmissions from the Apollo XI moon mission. At the end of the trailer, as the camera pans up to the semi-complete saucer section, Leonard Nimoy begins to speak the words "Space, the final frontier..."
- The first teaser trailer and posters for this film showed its original release date, December 25, 2008. On February 13, 2008 Paramount Pictures pushed the film to May 8, 2009 so it would have less competition and be a summer blockbuster contender. The teaser trailer has now been amended to show Summer 2009.
- Randy Pausch, a Carnegie-Mellon Computer Science professor (and "Star Trek" fan) who gained widespread fame as the author of a "Last Lecture" in which he discussed living the life of his dreams in the face of terminal pancreatic cancer, was invited by 'J. J. Abrams' to appear as an extra in this film. Pausch wrote in his blog about the experience, "I got a custom-made Star Trek uniform and my own station on the bridge, where I had lots of buttons and controls. I even got a LINE!!!!" Pausch died on July 25, 2008.
- This is Leonard Nimoy's first live-action film role since Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
- While most Trekkers will have known this detail for decades, this is the first time that Uhura has been given a first name on screen: Nyota. Gene Roddenberry never came up with a first name for her, so many thought this meant she did not have one, although in literature, Uhura is often referred to as Nyota by her comrades.
- Simon Pegg filmed his role in 5 weeks.
- The character that 'Bruce Greenwood' plays, Captain Christopher Pike, was the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise in the un-aired original series pilot episode, "The Cage". In that episode, Pike was portrayed by 'Jeffery Hunter'. Initially, the episode was rejected but when a second pilot was ordered, Hunter dropped out of the series so the part was rewritten and recast with William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. The footage from the un-aired pilot was later woven into the episode "Star Trek" The Menagerie: Part 1 (1966). In the mythology of Star Trek, Captain Pike is considered to be Captain Kirk's predecessor, a plot line to be (potentially) played out in the film.
- 'Eric Bana' (Nero) also appeared in a scene with James D. Weston II (Klingon) in San Francisco during the filming of Hulk (2003).