It鈥檚 been about two weeks since Star Trek Beyond hit theaters, and Star Trek fans everywhere have been talking about everything from Sulu鈥檚 sexuality to the film鈥檚 deep-dive references from the original series. Now, we鈥檝e got a bunch more tidbits from co-writer Doug Jung in his interview with Tech Crunch鈥 and it turns out that one of the major characters is named after one of our faves, Jennifer Lawrence!


In the interview, Jung explained that Jaylah, an alien scavenger played by Sofia Boutella, was actually inspired by Jen 鈥 specifically, her role in Winter鈥檚 Bone. Of course, any true JLaw fan knows that her character鈥檚 name wasn鈥檛 even remotely close to Jaylah 鈥 she plays 17-year-old Ree Dolly. So how exactly did that work? 鈥淲e wanted to have a strong female character; I think Simon [Pegg]鈥檚 talked about this, like Jennifer Lawrence in Winter鈥檚 Bone,鈥 Jung told Tech Crunch. 鈥淲e just kept referring to her as 鈥楯ennifer Lawrence鈥 for a long time, then somebody, joking, was like JLaw?鈥

JLaw鈥 Jaylah鈥 get it? It鈥檚 OK if you didn鈥檛 鈥 Jung explained that most people didn鈥檛, either. 鈥淚t鈥檚 so esoteric,鈥 he said. 鈥淏ut phonetically, it sounded good 鈥 鈥楯aylah.鈥 It sounded a little foreign. We wanted her character to be someone who was outside of the understanding of the Federation and what it means, and鈥 to really be a blank slate in the sense that she has no real understanding even of her own people, in a way.鈥

No word yet if JLaw has anything to say about this new development.

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