Original Trekkie George Takei felt the new movie's trailer didn't hold up to the original series

December 16, 2015 06:25 PM

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The actor, who starred in the original 1966 Star Trek television series as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, wasn’t totally enamored with the trailer for the upcoming new film in the franchise.

After viewing the trailer during a Tech Insider interview, Takei said, “It doesn’t have that element that made Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, what it was.”

Roddenberry, as Trekkies well know, was the creator of the iconic TV show.

“I didn’t – in the preview – note anything of the substance of what made Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek so engaging and it was the commentary on social justice, political reality at the time,” the 78-year-old explained.

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Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin, taking over from J.J. Abrams, and stars Idris Elba as a new villain.

Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg all return to their roles from the 2009 and 2013 films.

Takei did admit, however, that the latest installment has some potential.

“It looked like a terrific action-adventure movie,” he told Tech Insider. “A lot of clinging on cliffs and getting smashed against rocks, so it should be a very successful Star Trek movie.”

Star Trek Beyond hits theaters on July 22, 2016.

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