A few days before the premiere of Star Trek Beyond, it was announced that a fourth Star Trek film is on the way, starring Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine.
According to Variety: “The studio made the announcement Monday, four days before it launches Star Trek Beyond, disclosing that Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with his father, described as ‘a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born.'”
Also expected to return are cast members Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho and Simon Pegg.
The screenplay for this upcoming installment will be written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Producing the film are J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber via their Bad Robot Productions. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance will serve as executive producers.
Chris Pine recently completed work on the highly anticipated Wonder Woman, in which he stars as the title character’s love interest, USAF pilot Steve Trevor, opposite leading lady Gal Gadot. Wonder Woman will hit theaters on June 2, 2017.
Hemsworth starred in 2009’s Star Trek and he will likely reprise his role as George Kirk. The Australian actor, who can currently be seen in the Ghostbusters reboot, is now busy filming Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters next year. It has also been reported that Hemsworth will again play Thor in Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1, set to premiere May 4, 2018.
This announcement will no doubt add to the massive enthusiasm already surrounding Beyond. 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness grossed more than $228 million at the domestic box office.