Speaking on a panel at Calgary Expo this past weekend, Jennifer Morrison made waves for having apparently dropped a spoiler for Paramount’s upcoming ‘Star Trek 4’. Specifically, she suggested that George Kirk (played by Chris Hemsworth) had actually survived the destruction of the USS Kelvin, as depicted at the start of the 2009 J.J. Abrams ‘Star Trek’ reboot film. Given that Hemsworth was (and as far as we know, still is) attached to reprise the role in the fourth film, more than a few people jumped to the conclusion that the actress had inadvertently tipped the films hand and revealed the means by which the supposedly dead character would make his return.
But not so fast! In the wake of this minor media flare up, Morrison took to Instagram to set the record straight. As she explains, she was jokingly making reference to an earlier conversation she’d had with a fan, in which said fan had in turn suggested a way in which Hemsworth’s character could return. Morrison further insists that she has no inside knowledge of the film, which has been in the works since at least the summer of 2016 and only recently found its director. Morrison’s full Instagram post is available here:
I just wanted to clear this up. I was just jokingly referencing a convo with a fan. I have no info here. At all. I promise. I have no idea what they are planning for the next Star Trek. I’ve never talked to anyone involved with the project. I’m excited to watch and see how it turns out just as much as all the other fans.
‘Star Trek 4’ is one of two ‘Trek’ films currently in development at Paramount. In addition to this film, which as noted sees the return of Chris Hemsworth as Captain Kirk’s long dead father, work is also underway on a ‘Star Trek’ film that was pitched late last year by Quentin Tarantino. Paramount confirmed that it had taken the unusual step of developing both films in tandem at last month’s CinemaCon, where they further announced a production partnership with Skydance.
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