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Star Trek receives massive UK premiere

Star Trek, UK Premiere

Story by Jack Foley

THE stars of JJ Abrams’ new Star Trek attended the UK premiere of the eagerly-anticipated new film in London’s Leicester Square on Monday, April 20, 2009, where they were greeted by thousands of fans.

Actors including Simon Pegg, who donned a kilt, Chris Pine – who plays Captain Kirk – and Zachary Quinto – who plays Spock – spent time on the red carpet chatting to fans, signing autographs and posing for photographs.

Writer-director JJ Abrams was also in attendance, along with movie villain Eric Bana, who plays Nero, and co-stars Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and John Cho.

The new movie charts the early days of the starship Enterprise and the origins of its crew members, including James Tiberius Kirk and Spock. It features an extended cameo from original Spock, Leonard Nimoy.

The film has already had glowing reviews followings its world premiere in Sydney, Australia, and is due to be released across the UK on May 8, 2009.

The London event dispensed with the traditional red carpet in favour of a special blue Star Trek one, while comedian Pegg – who plays Scotty – donned a kilt.

He told BBC reporters: “For me, tonight is very special. It’s the Empire Leicester Square. I saw films here as a child… it’s a geek dream come true.”

Speaking earlier in the day at a press conference, writer-director Abrams – who also created hit TV show Lost – and Chris Pine said that the new film would appeal to both Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike.

View photos from the event