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Star Trek to get Sydney premiere

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Star Trek stars Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk

The new Star Trek film will have its world premiere in Australia, studio bosses have announced.

The movie, directed by Lost creator JJ Abrams, will open on 7 April at the Sydney Opera House.

It will then kick off a world tour that will stop in countries including France, Japan, New Zealand and the UK.

The film chronicles the early days of the USS Enterprise and stars Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk and Heroes' Zachary Quinto as Mr Spock.

The re-imagined story based on creator Gene Roddenberry's original TV 1960's series also features British actor Simon Pegg as Enterprise engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott.

Leonard Nimoy, 77, who first portrayed Spock is the only original cast member who has a cameo in the new film.

He had joined a campaign for the movie to hold its premiere in the small Canadian farming town of Vulcan, Alberta but it proved unsuccessful - partly because the town has no cinema.

A trailer for the new movie broke records when it was downloaded 1.8 million times in the first 24 hours after being released earlier this month.

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