John Cho has played Lt. Sulu three times now, including in the upcoming STAR TREK BEYOND, and with the imminent release of that film and on the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the Original Series, he tells Famous Monsters magazine exclusively what it was like with FAST & FURIOUS director Justin Lin taking over for J.J. Abrams, how co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg (who plays Scotty) brought humanity to the script, and how this installment harks back to the Original Series:

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ON ADAPTING TO JUSTIN LIN’S DIRECTING STYLE AFTER THE DEPARTURE OF J.J.:

“[Justin Lin] cared about the mythology, he cared about the world, he cared about getting it right, he cared about moving the characters forward. … I think we all had question marks; it’s tough to be told that the guy you made two successful movies with isn’t going to be helming the third one. But we were all just really pleasantly surprised as we eased into working with him.”

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ON HOW SIMON PEGG’S WRITING STYLE MIND-MELDS WITH TREK SENSIBILITIES:

“What you’re going to get when you ask Simon Pegg to pen a script is a very human touch. And a warm touch. And that can come out in comedy, but doesn’t necessarily have to. And there are some funny moments. But I think he and [co-writer Doug Jung], from what I could tell, were constantly looking for connections between the characters. And that, from the cast perspective, was what was spectacular about asking Simon and Doug to do it. It just felt like they were looking for human moments.”

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HOW STAR TREK BEYOND DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS FILMS:

“When I read the script, my emotional impression was that it felt very much like the best of the original series. It felt like the series felt to me. And the first [film] that we made didn’t entirely feel like that to me.”

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The new issue of Famous Monsters magazine also marks the big 5-0 of the franchise, featuring a tribute to the iconic ’60s TV show by acclaimed “TREK-sperts” Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward that includes exclusive interviews with Rod Roddenberry, the son of TREK creator Gene Roddenberry, and Original Series star Nichelle Nichols, aka Lt. Uhura; a spotlight on five fan-favorite episodes, the ten craziest creatures featured on the show; and a chronological history of the series, its spinoffs, comics, books, and toys.

The issue will also feature exclusive cover art from acclaimed ambidextrous artist Rob Prior, which you can see below:

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**All quotes must be attributed to Famous Monsters magazine. The entire exclusive interview with John Cho celebrating the release of STAR TREK BEYOND and the Original Series’ golden anniversary will be available on newsstands and digitally on Magzster.com on June 7. Pre-order online at CaptainCo.com now.**