This ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Character was Inspired by Jennifer Lawrence

Image: Paramount Pictures
Image: Paramount Pictures

Star Trek Beyond has a few characters that are new to the cannon, and one of them is inspired by an Academy Award-winning actress. Well, at least inspired by a performance that earned this actress a Oscar nomination.

Simon Pegg has revealed that Jennifer Lawrence’s Winter’s Bone performance was the original inspiration for Jaylah, the Star Trek Beyond character played by Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service).

“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,'” Pegg said at a recent press conference (via Variety).

“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.”

Pegg added that Boutella was a valuable addition to the Star Trek cast, saying, “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, who plays Uhura in the franchise] has a lot on her shoulders.”

Star Trek Beyond, also starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Idris Elba, John Cho and Anton Yelchin, opens in Australia on July 21 and hits the U.S. on July 22.