The fourth Star Trek reboot movie is back on — with a new director
After being shelved for nearly a year, the film is back in production.
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The new Star Trek franchise has been up in the air for a little over a year now. The reboot series, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and Karl Urban, delivered three movies between 2009 and 2016.
The last film, 2016's Star Trek Beyond, underwhelmed at the box office and struggled to break even financially. It didn't help that just a month before the movie's release, one of the main cast — Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov — passed away in an automobile accident. While there had been plans for a fourth movie with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Kirk's father, negotiations with the stars were difficult and Hemsworth walked away from the project in August of 2018.
In January of 2019, Paramount canceled development of the fourth film indefinitely.
As of November 2019, it has been announced that the as-of-yet untitled fourth Star Trek movie is back in development. So far, cast members confirmed to return are Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoë Saldaña (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and Karl Urban (McCoy). There are no plans to recast Yelchin's part.
The biggest change is the director, with Noah Hawley replacing Beyond's Justin Lin. Hawley is best known for his work on the FX TV series Fargo and Legion, as well as the 2019 Natalie Portman movie Lucy in the Sky.
So far we don't have any plot details, release date, or any word about who this installment's villain will be (previously we've seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan and Idris Elba as Krall) but the news of a new director being brought in is a hopeful sign. As is the return of many of the core cast.
What would you like to see from the newest Star Trek film? Which storyline do you want to see explored?