The British actor joined the likes of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana in becoming a part of the new lineup, which was reprised seven years after 2002's Star Trek Nemisis. Simon plays engineer Scotty, but was also hired as screenwriter for the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

Having made a name for himself in comedy projects such as TV series Spaced and funny flicks Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon felt he was the right person to bring the sci-fi series' humorous side back to the forefront.

"You know, understandably, I think when my name was linked to it, people were like, 'Oh, no, it’s going to be a comedy,'” he told Collider. "That’s not what we want to do, but both Doug (Jung, co-writer) and myself and the whole cast and Justin (Lin, director) are very keen for the film to be fun...

"I feel like Star Trek was always very bright and very optimistic. There are some fabulous comic touches in the original series, when you watch some of the interplay between Kirk, Bones and Spock particularly, there’s some lovely stuff. So we want this film to have a sense of fun and levity which never impacts on the tension and never takes anything away from the bad guy."

A newcomer to this instalment is fellow Brit Idris Elba, who plays specially-written character Krall. The star has already had his fair share of action and sci-fi flicks, boasting parts in Prometheus, Pacific Rim and the Thor movies, so Simon was keen to get him on board.

"Idris is doing some extraordinary work at the moment," he gushed. "Me and Doug and Justin sat down with him a few weeks ago in preparation for his scenes and really got to the bottom of who he is in this movie - and I can’t tell you that, because there’s a lot of complexity about him and stuff that’s mysterious about him, which I obviously want to maintain. But he’s just this very formidable, very powerful person, thing, that they encounter."