After what seemed like several missteps and delays, the fourth film in the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ series is set to begin production next year. The series features new actors playing classic characters, including Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), Chekov (the late Anton Yelchin) and Uhura (Zoe Saldana).
Pegg, who co-wrote the third film, will return as chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott. The plot of the fourth installment remains tightly under wraps, but reports have said the film will focus on Kirk running into his father (Chris Hemsworth) in a time travel storyline.
S.J. Clarkson will debut as the first female to direct a film in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise. During an interview promoting ‘Mission: Impossible — Fallout,’ Pegg spoke about Clarkson, saying:
“I’ve met with S.J. and she’s fizzing with ideas and she has the right attitude. She’s reverent, but she’s not slavish. In terms of the story, I have a vague knowledge, but it’s nothing I can talk about. I’m also doing something that is separate to that.”
Another ‘Star Trek’ film is in the works from J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino. Fans hoping to see some of the same cast in the next film may be disappointed, as Pegg has hinted that the project won’t come until after the fourth movie hits theatres. Pegg said:
“Quentin’s idea is another thing. He came in to (Abrams’ production company) Bad Robot and pitched it and it’s been put in the bank. I think he had us in mind when he came up with the idea; he likes the new cast. But he’s going to be so busy with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ that I can’t see him doing it for five or six years, by which time we might be too old anyway.”
Stay tuned for more ‘Trek’ news as it becomes available!