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Star Trek franchise plotting fourth film with Chris Hemsworth returning

Star Trek Beyond

Story by Jack Foley

A FOURTH film in Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek franchise is in development.

And in an unusual step, plot details have even been revealed. The fourth instalment – announced even before third film Star Trek Beyond hits cinemas later this week – will find Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk crossing paths with his father.

It was also confirmed that Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s Star Trek, will therefore reprise his role in the space saga as George Kirk, thereby starring alongside Pine.

The remaining cast also is expected to return with the exception of Anton Yelchin, who passed away last month and had played Chekov in the past three incarnations.

However, no director has been named for the untitled fourth film. Justin Lin helmed the third entry after JJ Abrams departed for the Star Wars franchise. He will, however, once again serve among the film’s producers.

JD Payne and Patrick McKay will write the screenplay.

Star Trek, the first film in the rebooted franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s popular sci-fi series, earned over $380 million worldwide in 2009, while the second instalment, Star Trek Into Darkness, earned more than $460 million worldwide when it opened in May 2013.

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