Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot today announced that the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will return to the big screen for another voyage in Star Trek 4. 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. Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009's Star Trek, will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.
The remaining cast, including Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Karl Urbanm is expected to return. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write the screenplay for this new Star Trek sequel. J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance will executive produce.
Star Trek, the first film in Paramount's rebooted franchise based on Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, earned more than $380 million worldwide in 2009. The second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness earned more than $460 million worldwide when it opened in May 2013. The series' third film, Star Trek Beyond, is directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise) and opens in theaters on July 22, 2016.
Hemsworth is currently starring in Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig and Kate McKinnon, and filming Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 back to back. He is repped by CAA and ROAR. Paramount hasn't confirmed if director Justin Lin will return to the helm for Star Trek 4, but hopefuly we'll have some more updates soon, including a possible release date.
The 2009 Star Trek movie actually marked the feature film debut of Chris Hemsworth, who had previously been best known for playing Kim Hyde on the Australian TV series Home and Away. Since his character George Kirk died in the opening moments of Star Trek, we don't know for sure how Captain Kirk will reunite with his father, but hopefully we'll have more details soon. It also isn't known how Anton Yelchin's death will be handled in future sequels, if Pavel Chekov will be written out of te franchise, or if another actor will be recast.