Star Trek 4 Confirmed by J.J. Abrams, Chris Hemsworth May Return
Abrams hints that Star Trek 4 may be announced very soon, with Chris
Hemsworth's character possibly returning from the 2009 reboot.
next big summer blockbuster on everyone's list is Star Trek Beyond,
which is due out in theaters everywhere next week, after it makes its
world premiere at San Diego Comic Con on July 20. That being the case,
Paramount is currently pushing the movie and the creative team behind it
has been making the rounds doing press for it, including producer J.J.
Abrams. According to Abrams, plans are already underway for a fourth
installment of the current Star Trek franchise, even though Beyond has yet to be released.
Collider is reporting that Abrams, who directed the first two installments of the rebooted Star Trek, already has plans for Star Trek 4
in the works. The news came from a press conference for Star Trek
Beyond that Abrams took part in, and he seemed very optimistic about the
possibility for a Star Trek 4. Here is what he had to say.
and there's something that hopefully we're figuratively minutes away
from talking about. The answer is 100% yes, and it's incredibly
It may seem a bit forward to already be discussing a fourth Star Trek installment when most people haven't even seen Star Trek Beyond
yet, but Paramount clearly has confidence in the movie, as they
probably should. Early reactions to the third installment, directed by
Justin Lin this time around, have been very positive. Not to mention
that the previous entries in this new J.J. Abrams reboot have made an
awful lot of money at the box office, and have been generally well
received by critics. Paramount will probably wait until at least after
the opening weekend numbers and reviews come in to give a green light to
the project, but it seems very likely at this point, especially given
As for what Star Trek 4 could possibly
be about? Well, we don't know a whole lot, especially considering we
don't know what happens in Star Trek Beyond yet, but another report
gives us a clue as to what Abrams has in mind. Reporter Scott Mantz took
to his personal Twitter account today after sitting down with Abarms to
give us a juicy bit about Star Trek 4. According to his Tweet,
it looks like we may be seeing Chris Hemsworth return to the franchise,
after his brief but memorable part in the 2009 Star Trek.
"BREAKING!! #JJAbrams confirms to me that a 4th #StarTrek movie will bring together #ChrisPine & #ChrisHemsworth!!"
In the opening sequence of J.J. Abrams first Star Trek movie,
Hemsworth plays George Kick, father of Chris Pine's James T. Kirk.
Hemsworth is killed during a Romulan attack on his ship, the U.S.S.
Kelvin, as he heroically stays behind in order to save as many of his
crew members as possible. That being the case, they would definitely
have to play with time travel, or something of the like, in order to
bring back George Kirk. But in the world of Star Trek that isn't at all a
far reach. Not to mention that Hemsworth has become a much bigger star
since he first played the part in 2009, so Paramount would likely be
motivated to get him on board, if they could work it out in the story.
had to leave the director's chair for Star Trek Beyond, because he was
quite busy making Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which seemed like it
panned out reasonably well for him. It is possible that he could step
back in if he wanted to, being that his schedule, though still crazy, is
free enough for him to do it. But it is also very possible that if
Beyond does well and is well received that Justin Lin could just as
likely be back for round two. We will just have to wait and see, but the
prospect is indeed exciting. Star Trek 3 opens in theaters on July 22.