Just days before the third film of the new Star Trek film franchise arrives in theaters, Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot, and Skydance confirmed there will be a fourth Star Trek movie. In addition, the studio says Chris Hemsworth will be reprising his role from 2009’s Star Trek as George Kirk. The rest of the main cast – Chris Pine, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, and Karl Urban – are expected to return. Paramount did not say who will be taking over the role of Chekov following the tragic death of Anton Yelchin.
According to the official announcement “in the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’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 untitled fourth Star Trek film will be written by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, with Lindsey Weber and J.J. Abrams producing. Dana Goldberg and David Ellison are on board as executive producers.
Star Trek Beyond will open in theaters on July 22, 2016.