Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto And The Gang To Return For ‘Star Trek 4’

Despite the fact that Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond (2016) proved to be popular with critics, the film actually lost money for Paramount – putting the future of the beloved sci-fi franchise (at least on the big screen) in jeopardy. Now, however, it seems like things are finally beginning to move forward.

During Paramount’s investor day announcement, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) confirmed that the original cast, which includes Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura), Karl Urban (Doctor “Bones” McCoy), John Cho (Sulu) and Simon Pegg (Montgomery “Scotty” Scott), will return for a fourth adventure aboard the Enterprise.

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“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,” Abrams said. “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.”

As for why Paramount has decided that now is the right time for a new Star Trek movie, Variety has reported that the studio conducted market research to determine if audiences were still interested in future adventures with the original cast. The results reportedly showed that there was still enough enthusiasm surrounding the original cast for the studio to feel comfortable with moving forward.

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Not all of the original cast will be able to reunite, however, as Anton Yelchin sadly died in a tragic accident weeks before Star Trek Beyond premiered in 2016. It’s not clear how J.J Abrams and the studio will deal with the absence of Yelchin’s Chekov, who was undoubtedly one of the shining stars of the franchise.

J.J. Abrams will produce the as-yet-untitled Star Trek movie through Bad Robot, with WandaVision‘s Matt Shankman directing. The screenplay is from Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) and Cameron Squires (WandaVision), which is based on a draft from Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel).

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This isn’t the first time that the cast was almost brought back for a new adventure. It was previously announced that S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones) would direct a sequel to Star Trek Beyond, which would reunite Chris Pine’s Kirk with his deceased father, portrayed by Chris Hemsworth. The film never happened, however, as the studio was unable to close a deal with Pine and Hemsworth.

Star Trek 4 doesn’t have an official release date, but the film is expected to start shooting later in 2022.

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