Star Trek Beyond hits theaters this weekend and will make its big outdoor IMAX debut at the San Diego Comic-Con. As exciting as that sounds, it’s no surprise that Paramount Pictures would take this time to announced that there will be another sequel. It shows just how confident they are in Justin Lin‘s film. While we can speculate what happens in the sequel, the studio has confirmed that Chris Hemsworth will return to reprise his role as George Kirk, who was temporary captain of the doomed ship that was destroyed in the 2009 reboot, Star Trek.
More on the Star Trek 4 news here below.
Paramount sent out a press release today to the media confirming both the new sequel and Hemsworth’s reprisal. It’s still too early to reveal what we will see in it, but the statement said “in the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pineâ€™s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.” The remaining cast is expected to return, with the exception of Anton Yelchin, who tragically on passed just weeks ago.
How this will happen is unclear. But more and more franchises are exploring time travel, so it is possible that the elder Kirk survived the events of the 2009 reboot. But your guess is as good as ours. However, the trailers have been hinting at how James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) has been feeling like he has been unable to live up to his father’s legacy. Beyond will put that belief to the test, but it looks like Star Trek 4 will push Kirk’s belief to the limit.
George Kirk was our introduction to Hemsworth. Although he appeared in the Star Trek reboot for a few minutes, it was more than enough to get him some major roles. After that, he took on Thor, the Asgardian God of Thunder, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the rest is history. The actor has shown us he is much more than just being a charming Avenger with muscles. In fact, he’s got a comedic side that we rarely see. Check out the new Ghostbusters if you need proof.
Now that Star Trek 4 is finally confirmed, we at least know that Star Trek Beyond is something worth watching, which this summer desperately needs as most sequels are falling short of expectations. No release date has been set, but we will keep you posted when Paramount makes the announcement.
Here’s the full press release:
PARAMOUNT PICTURES, SKYDANCE AND BAD ROBOT
ANNOUNCE A FOURTH â€œSTAR TREKâ€ FILM
CHRIS PINE AND CAST TO BE JOINED BY CHRIS HEMSWORTH, WHO RETURNS TO THE BLOCKBUSTER FRANCHISE AS GEORGE KIRK
HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 18, 2016) â€“ Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot today announced that the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will return to the big screen for another voyage.
In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pineâ€™s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.
Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009â€™s â€œSTAR TREK,â€ will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.
The remaining cast is expected to return.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write the screenplay. J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance will executive produce.
â€œSTAR TREK,â€ the first film in the rebooted franchise based on â€œStar Trek,â€ created by Gene Roddenberry, earned more than $380 million worldwide in 2009. The second installment, â€œSTAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,â€ earned more than $460 million worldwide when it opened in May 2013.
The seriesâ€™ third film, â€œSTAR TREK BEYOND,â€ is directed by Justin Lin (â€œFAST & FURIOUSâ€ franchise) and opens in theaters on July 22, 2016.
Hemsworth is currently starring in â€œGHOSTBUSTERSâ€ alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig and Kate McKinnon, and filming â€œTHOR: RAGNAROKâ€ and â€œAVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – Part 1â€ back to back. He is repped by CAA and ROAR.
[Source: Paramount Pictures]