Well, this is kind of interesting. Over the weekend, as the press junkets were going down for Star Trek Beyond, producer JJ Abrams revealed that fourth film in the series would see Chris Hemsworth return to the franchise. Hemsworth (known for his work as Marvel’s Thor) appeared in the first Star Trek reboot (2009), portraying Captain Kirk’s father briefly before dying on screen; the first of many big changes to the Trek timeline in the new films.
James T. Kirk’s dad has since played a role in the character’s life/decisions ever since, and is referenced pretty heavily in the marketing for Star Trek Beyond. Somehow, though, the filmmakers plan on bringing the dead character back in some form, to play a larger, more direct, role in the fourth Star Trek movie. This morning, Paramount made the announcement official:
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 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.
Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s “STAR TREK,” 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.
“STAR TREK,” the first film in the rebooted franchise based on “Star Trek,” created by Gene Roddenberry, earned more than $380 million worldwide in 2009. The second installment, “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” earned more than $460 million worldwide when it opened in May 2013.
It’s not surprising the studio has already announced a sequel before Star Trek Beyond‘s debut, but there’s no release date or anything just yet. It’s still a couple years out at the least. What do you guys think of this idea though? Do you want to see Kirk finally meet his father in the new timeline?