Magnolia Pictures released the first trailer and photo for Please Stand By, which had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival back in October before heading on to the Rome and Virginia Film Festivals. Although it isn’t exactly a Star Trek movie, its story would not be possible without Roddenberry’s world.
Dakota Fanning plays Wendy, an autistic Star Trek fan living in a group home who learns about a Star Trek scriptwriting contest and becomes determined to submit her own entry. When her sister, played by Star Trek Into Darkness star Alice Eve (who recently just joined Marvel’s Iron Fist), proves no help Wendy takes it upon herself to make the trip to Los Angeles.
Check out the trailer for Please Stand By below:
There are a few Trek references peppered throughout the trailer (meaning there will probably be a slew of them in the full-length movie). Namedropping Dr. McCoy’s daughter’s from Star Trek: The Animated Series, the fact that Toni Collette’s character is named Scottie, and toss in the fact that Alice Eve is already a member of the Star Trek Universe.
Wendy’s script, in particular, is teased out a bit, revealing that she intends for Spock to visit Deep Space Nine and her episode’s title is “The Many and the Few,” which is a reference to Spock’s famous philosophical message. But the selling point of the movie is really just Wendy’s regimented, highly scheduled life, showing a clever and resourceful character, just this side of quirky.
Please Stand By is written by Michael Golamco (NBC’s Grimm) and directed by Ben Lewin (The Favour, The Watch, And The Very Big Fish, the John Hawkes-starring The Sessions). The film also costars Toni Collette and Jessica Rothe from the recent hit horror film Happy Death Day, with a special guest appearance by Patton Oswalt in full Klingon makeup.
Please Stand By will be released in theaters, on demand, on Amazon Video, and on iTunes starting January 26, 2018.
Images: Magnolia Pictures