Jennifer Lawrence inspired new Star Trek character

Simon Pegg has revealed that that the Star Trek character Jaylah is based on Jennifer Lawrence's character in Winter's Bone

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence inspired a new 'Star Trek Beyond' character.

Writer Simon Pegg has revealed that Jennifer's strong character in 'Winter Bone' provided the inspiration for Jaylah in the new movie.

He explained: "[Jaylah] is actually named after Jennifer Lawrence in 'Winter's Bone.' We were trying to create this very independent character. But we didn't have a name for it. So we just called it 'Jennifer-Lawrence-In-Winter's-Bone.' That's a long name. So it started getting tiring always saying, well Jennifer-Lawrence-In-Winter's-Bone is fighting here. So then we started calling her J-Law. And then she became Jaylah."

Jaylah is played by Sofia Boutella and Simon said: "We love Sofia, she's a nutcase and a golden edition to this group. There are not a lot of girls in 'Star Trek'. Zoe Saldana [ as Uhura] has a lot on her shoulders."

Meanwhile, 'Star Trek' producers are currently working on the script for a fourth movie in the franchise but producer JJ Abrams insists Anton Yelchin - who tragically died last month in a freak car accident at his home - won't be replaced.

He told Postmedia Network: "I would say there's no replacing him. There's no recasting. I can't possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.

"We knew going into this movie it would be a bit of a heartbreak just because of Leonard (Nimoy, the original Spock, who died when the movie was in pre-production). We had no idea just how devastating events would become."


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