Star Trek Beyond hits theatres July 22 and will be the third instalment from the new Star Trek splinter timeline created in 2009’s Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams. The new film and timeline, rebooted the entire franchise whilst leaving the many years of television and films a part of the franchise’s canon. Star Trek fans have unofficially referred to this timeline as the Abramsverse, JJverse, NuTrek or the Alternate Original Series. However, it has been revealed that this new timeline will from now on be known as: The Kelvin Timeline.
The USS Kelvin was the name of Captain George Kirk’s Federation starship that was destroyed in the opening scene of Star Trek (2009) as a result of the arrival of a Romulan ship and the film’s antagonist, Nero (Eric Bana) from the distant future. This act caused the timeline to splinter therefore creating the Kelvin Timeline.
It is expected that any sequel to Star Trek Beyond will continue in the new Kelvin Timeline whereas the Bryan Fuller produced TV series, set to air in 2017 on CBS All Access will be a part of the original timeline.
The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin and stars, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba as the third instalment’s antagonist. This latest film marks the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise.