'Just be bold, make it yours,' Abrams told the 'Fast & Furious' director

By Derek Lawrence
Updated October 03, 2016 at 03:01 PM EDT
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Coming into an established franchise and following in the footsteps of J.J. Abrams can be intimidating, but for Justin Lin a conversation with the Star Trek director was enough to help him make Star Trek Beyond his own.

In an exclusive video from the Star Trek Beyond Digital HD release, Lin recalls a discussion he had with Abrams not long after taking the directing gig on the latest film in the historic franchise.

“I remember my initial conversation with J.J. — he was kind of handing over the keys, and saying, ‘Just be bold, make it yours,’” shared Lin. “I tried to take that to heart and I feel like every frame of this film, whether it’s a big action sequence or some small decision, I go back to that initial conversation of being bold. And I think that will show for everybody that watches the film.”

One of the biggest action scenes in Star Trek Beyond featured Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) attempting a rescue mission on a motorcycle, which Simon Pegg says was named after Steve McQueen’s character in The Great Escape. While the Fast & Furious director is no stranger to automobile scenes, Pegg says history actually gave Lin pause.

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“Justin, to his credit, was like, ‘Should I do this? Because people obviously associate me with kind of land transport movies,’” laughed Pegg, who co-wrote and starred in the film. “But it just felt like another nice anachronism that would be fun, and we also like the idea of them having to use very old human things to try and win out.”

Star Trek Beyond, which also stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the late Anton Yelchin, is available on Digital HD on Tuesday and launches onto Blu-ray on Nov. 1.

Watch the clip above.

Star Trek Beyond

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