Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot have announced a fourth installment in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise that began in 2009. In the next big screen adventure of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with the man he’s never had a chance to meet – his father, George Kirk.
Chris Hemsworth, who played the character in the 2009 movie, will reprise the role and the rest of the cast is also expected to return.
Producer J.J. Abrams addressed the tragic passing of actor Anton Yelchin, who played Ensign Pavel Chekov in the reboot series. Abrams said that for the next movie, the role will not be recast out of respect for the actor. It is unclear at this point how the film will address the tragedy.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write the screenplay with J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber producing through Bad Robot Productions, and David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance serving as executive producers.
No director or release date have been confirmed for the film as of yet.
The third installment in the Star Trek reboot series, Star Trek Beyond, is less than a week away from premiering in theaters. Early reviews have been very positive – as of this writing, the movie holds a 91% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.