The recent trailer for Justin Lin’s “Star Trek Beyond” boasted a whole lot of new scenes from the film which suggested a much larger scale than the previous teaser. It also included a shot of a massive space station, a design quite different to previous Trek films, which has led fans to wonder what its purpose in the film is.
Speaking with IGN, the film’s co-writer Simon Pegg was asked about the base and its role in the film. He says it’s the Starbase Yorktown which sits on the very edge of Federation space. The new film kicks off with the USS Enterprise docking with this base during its legendary five-year mission:
It’s a kind of diplomatic hub. It’s where all the most recent Federation inductees can come and mingle with each other and learn about each other. It’s a kind of lovely. It’s basically a place where they can go, where they can better understand what being part of the Federation means. It’s an important kind of tactical establishment for the Federation. It’s been built locally, so it’s very interesting to look at, but it’s where the Enterprise docks up. [This is] the first time in like 10 months [that the Enterprise has] had kind of proper contact with other people, and that’s where the story begins.”
The station itself is akin to a small Dyson sphere with its own gravity and curved interior. “Star Trek Beyond” is slated to open in cinemas on July 22nd.