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11 Hollywood Movies with Unexpected Mormon Connections


6. The next Star Trek movie (2016)

11 Hollywood Movies with Unexpected Mormon Connections

Screenwriter and Latter-day Saint JD Payne is part of the writing team for the next Star Trek movie, the untitled sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

“At its core, Star Trek has always been about adventure, exploration and wonder, with an optimistic sense of the future, and all its possibilities. It’s a massive playground; we’re so excited to be diving in on it,” Payne told LDS Living.

The new movie is certainly going to be something special and beautiful, if Payne’s hints are any indication. “Star Trek is unique in that it often grapples with complex ethical and moral dilemmas. We’d love to create a situation like that where you really could be a person of any background and come down on both sides of how you should respond, where you can walk out and say, ‘You know, I really don’t know what I would do. What would you do? What’s right to do?‘ and get the audience to really engage.”

The movie is set to come out in 2016 (July 8th, to be exact)—the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s initial TV release. With a laugh, Payne says, “So no pressure, right?”

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