During the Paramount Investors Day Presentation, J.J. Abrams announced that Chris Pine (Wonder Woman), Zachary Quinto (High Flying Bird), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Karl Urban (Thor: Ragnarok), John Cho (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), and Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) would return for the fourth Star Trek film, set to release in theatres on December 22, 2023.
After languishing in development hell for many years after the release of Star Trek Beyond, with Quentin Tarantino, SJ Clarkson and Noah Hawley attached, the film is now officially a (bold) go from Paramount pictures, with WandaVision filmmaker Matt Shakman attached to direct, Variety reports. Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess is a Loser) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) will be writing the script.
On the movie itself, Abrams said during the presentation that “We are thrilled to say that we are hard at work on a new ‘Star Trek’ film that will be shooting by the end of the year that will be featuring our original cast and some new characters that I think are going to be really fun and exciting and help take ‘Star Trek’ into areas that you’ve just never seen before. We’re thrilled about this film, we have a bunch of other stories that we’re talking about that we think will be really exciting so can’t wait for you to see what we’re cooking up. But until then, live long and prosper.”
Pine will be reprising his role as James T. Kirk, while other respective actors will be playing Spock, Uhura, Bones, Sulu, and Scotty, though it is unclear if Chekov will be involved in the film, or recast, as the previous actor who portrayed him, Anton Yelchin, died in 2016. Pine was last seen in Wonder Woman 1984 as Steve Trevor, while his next film The Contractor, is set to release in theatres on April 1st.
The project looks to be right on track for starting production in the middle of the year, with a release planned for the end of 2023. Obviously, things could change, but Shakman’s involvement and the cast of the 2009 film returning sound pretty good right about now. What do you think? Are you looking forward to Star Trek 4? Will it be a good movie, or should it have stayed shelved? Let us know in the comments below!
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