‘Star Trek 4’ to Begin Production in Late 2022 with Original Cast Set to Return
Star Trek 4 will Reunite JJ Abrams and Chris Pine’s Crew – insiderfolks, Paramount is getting the Enterprise gang back together. No, not the ensemble of the 1960s TV show turned film series, but the cast of the J.J. Abrams reboot, which debuted in 2009 and went on to feature in two further films.
The news was made by Paramount executive Brian Robbins and producer J.J. Abrams during the company’s investor presentation on Tuesday, but no specifics were given. There are no contracts in place, but Paramount expects that returning cast members will include Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldaa, and John Cho, who have all appeared in three films since 2009’s Star Trek.
The announcement signals a breakthrough to relaunch Trek on the big screen. The studio has been attempting to reassemble the ensemble since at least 2018, when talks with Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who played a minor part in Abrams’ 2009 picture, fell down.
Since then, Paramount has attempted to revitalize the concept, with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley taking stabs at projects that did not progress. Pine also appeared as Captain Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016), his most recent feature film.
Trek has mostly survived on the tiny screen in recent years, with various streaming programs on Paramount+, including Star Trek Discovery and Picard. At Paramount’s investor day, executives stated that the studio was focused on creating franchises that could live on both the Paramount+ streaming service and the big screen, with other projects announced including a third Sonic the Hedgehog film and a live-action TV spinoff starring Idris Elba’s Knuckles. A Quiet Place Part III, directed by John Krasinski, will be released in 2025. The next Star Trek film will be released in theaters on December 22, 2023.
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