Six weeks before Star Trek Beyond hits the theaters, two of the film’s main actors will face off on Spike TV’s popular show Lip Sync Battle. Zachary Quinto who plays Spock will go head to head with Zoe Saldana who plays Uhura to see which one will reign supreme in an epic battle of coolness.

The special will air Thursday, June 9 at 8/7c and will also feature “surprise A-list celebrity guest stars and musicians.” Entertainment Weekly posted exclusive photos from the show and this fun promo:

They also spoke to Saldana and Quinto who had this to say about strategies for competing against each other:

So there was some anxiousness ahead of the taping, but strategies helped put the pair at ease. Saldana’s approach was, essentially, to clear her head. “I’m just going to do what I do best, which is to focus on myself and take it minute by minute and go with the flow. It’s like my husband says, take a breath and let it all go,” she said. “I keep forgetting it is a competition. I feel like Zach and I have been invited to have fun, and it’s not until somebody comes to me going [in a deep voice], ‘What words do you want to give Zach?’ and my first instinct is to go, ‘Kill it, buddy!’ Then I’m like, [deep voice again] ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to kill you! I’m going to…beat you?’”

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Perhaps not as competitive, Saldana still had a lot going for her. “Zoe is no shrinking violet, so I know that she’s going to pull out her whole arsenal of performance history, and she’s an amazing dancer, which I’m certainly not,” Quinto predicted. “I’m definitely leaning into the lyrics.” Beyond that, he took advantage of rehearsal time. “She flew in last night or this morning and went right to rehearsal. I knew that she was going to be a tough opponent, so I came yesterday and Friday for an hour or so each day to work with the choreographers.” His approach, more directly put: “You got to throw yourself into it headlong, show up, and hope I don’t f–k it up.” ~EW


I am so watching this. Who are you going to root for?

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