Star Trek and Spock have been synonymous throughout the franchise’s history, with the pointy-eared, logic-minded Vulcan instantly emerging as the most popular crew member aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise when the show debuted 50 years ago. That exalted status both tickled — and at times irritated — Spock’s alter ego, Leonard Nimoy, a journeyman actor who fell into a role that defined the rest of his life.
Nimoy’s complex, charged history with Spock is chronicled in the new documentary For the Love of Spock, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year and will be opening in theaters and VOD on Sept. 9, one day after the anniversary of the Sept. 8, 1966 premiere of the first-ever Star Trek episode. (It’s available for pre-order now on iTunes.) Directed by Nimoy’s son, Adam, the film features new interviews with the men and women who stood alongside him on the Enterprise bridge, including William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols. Watch the trailer above and see the poster below.
In April, Adam Nimoy visited the Yahoo Movies offices for a Facebook Live conversation about For the Love of Spock and his famous father, with whom he wasn’t always on the best of terms. He also played down reports of the strained off-screen relationship between Nimoy and Shatner and sung the praises of Zachary Quinto, who currently wears the pointy Vulcan ears in the revived film franchise. (Star Trek Beyond premieres in theaters on Friday and will get a red-carpet debut at San Diego’s Comic-Con tonight.) Watch the playback of that interview below, and live long and prosper with For the Love of Spock on Sept. 9.