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Star Trek movie has UK premiere

Simon Pegg on the red carpet

The stars of the new Star Trek movie have gathered in London's West End for the film's British premiere.

Actors from the latest sci-fi outing, including Simon Pegg and Chris Pine - who plays Captain Kirk - were greeted by hundreds of fans.

Other actors including Eric Bana and Heroes' Zachary Quinto - who is Spock - were also in Leicester Square.

The new movie charts the early days of the starship Enterprise, with original Spock Leonard Nimoy in a cameo role.

The film, which had its premiere in Sydney, Australia, is due to be released across the UK on 8 May.

'Geek dream'

The actors have been jetting around the world on a tour to promote the new movie, stopping off in several countries including Japan, France and New Zealand.

The London event dispensed with the traditional red carpet in favour of a special blue Star Trek one.

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Star Trek fans at the premiere

Pegg said at the premiere: "For me, tonight is very special. It's the Empire Leicester Square. I saw films here as a child... it's a geek dream come true."

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It is the 11th in the long-running franchise and also features Hollywood actress Winona Ryder.

The story centres on the crew's efforts to save the universe from a renegade Romulan called Nero (Bana), who is hell bent on destroying the Earth.

Pegg plays Enterprise engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the new release - a role which required him to reproduce a Scottish accent.

The new film was directed by JJ Abrams, creator of hit US television series Lost.



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