Over the weekend we brought you some comments from Star Trek producer J.J. Abrams, who revealed that Chris Hemsworth would be reprising his role as George Kirk from the 2009 movie in the fourth instalment of the relaunched series, and now Paramount Pictures has made it official.
The press release for Star Trek 4 states that, “In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.”
The screenplay for Star Trek 4 is being penned by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who wrote the first draft of Star Trek Beyond, while J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce. As yet, there’s no word on a director, nor confirmation on any further returning cast members beyond Chris Pine.
“Star Trek Beyond,” the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond,” the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
Star Trek Beyond is set for release on July 22nd and features returning cast members Chris Pine as James Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoë Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu and Anton Yelchin as Chekov alongside new additions Idris Elba (Luther), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Joe Taslim (The Raid), Lydia Wilson (About Time) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog).