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Star Trek: Why are there so many references to the universe of science fiction in “Elvis”?

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July 06, 2022 at 5:17 p.m.

“Star Trek” is very popular and it’s not uncommon to refer to the franchise. But why did “Star Trek” allusions take over “Elvis” of all places?

Star Trek: The "Elvis"- The film is full of insinuations!

Star Trek: The Movie “Elvis” is full of references! (Source: ViacomCBS / Warner Bros. / TMDb.org / Collage: Netzwelt)

  • In the movie “Elvis” there are some allusions to “Star Trek”. That’s because Elvis Presley was a “Star Trek” fan. Elvis even named one of his horses “Star Trek”.
  • However, the film errs in including “Star Trek: The Experiment”, as the Experiment did not exist in 1997 when Colonel Parker told the story of Elvis.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ is currently playing in German cinemas and even inattentive viewers will have noticed that the film is full of allusions to the ‘Star Trek’ universe. Early on, when Colonel Parker (Tom Hanks) narrates the flashback, we see the “Star Trek Experience” in Las Vegas.

A model of the Enterprise takes off and we dive into the story of Elvis (Austin Butler). Later, when Elvis is scheduled to play a Christmas concert for NBC, two “Star Trek” posters are seen through the windows of the control room. One with Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Kirk (William Shatner) and another with Uhura (Nichelle Nichols).

Both posters aren’t just small and pretty Easter Eggs, they really stand out in the image and sometimes steal the show from actors and actresses. But why is this?

In fact, Elvis Presley was a huge science fiction fan. From comedic superheroes to “Star Trek”, the rock icon has inspired it all. No wonder he often worked with “Star Trek” guest actors in his own movies and also named one of his horses “Star Trek.”

A fun little fact at this point is that “Star Trek: The Experience” didn’t open in Las Vegas until 1998, and Colonel Parker told his story in 1997. In fact, the “Star Trek Experience” n didn’t even exist yet.

Also, according to the film, “Star Trek: The Experience” will be at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. However, the hotel was renamed the Las Vegas Hilton in 1971. A name change that does not appear in the film either, as Elvis was still playing in 1977, shortly before his death, at the International Hotel, which should in calls itself the Las Vegas Hilton.

For “Star Trek” fans, the “Elvis” references are a funny little surprise. Did the references jump out at you as much as we did?

The current “Star Trek” series is “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”. The new series won’t start in Germany until December 2022, but you won’t have to wait that long: that’s how you can already see “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” in Germany!

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