‘Star Trek 4’ Is Officially Happening & It Includes the Return of Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth in Star Trek

While we’re all still waiting for the third entry into the rebooted Star Trek franchise (set to be released this Friday), Paramount has just showcased how much confidence they have in this franchise going forward. Star Trek Beyond will be everywhere this weekend, but we already have confirmation of a fourth film, although it’s no real surprise. The real surprise comes from the logline for the fourth film, which you can see below.

On Friday, the unofficial news (kind of rumor) that Chris Hemsworth would be reprising his role as Captain Kirk’s Father from that unbelievable prologue in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot came to light as early reviews for Justin Lin’s Beyond hit. Today, Paramount has confirmed that news, meaning the franchise will continue the arc of Kirk struggling to step out of his Father’s shadow, which has been the core of the franchise from the beginning. Check out the official logline for Star Trek 4 from Paramount below:

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.

This is quite a grab for the franchise, as Hemworth’s time as George Kirk back in 2009 was before he was one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, thanks to a titular role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and others titles like Rush and Ghostbusters. And while Star Trek has a number of big name talent, noneChris Pine in Star Trek Beyond have the star-power Hemsworth has, which adds some major brass to an already incredible cast.

We’ve seen time-travel in the franchise before, as Abrams’s used it as his focal point back in 2009, so it’ll be quite interesting to see how the fourth film and its time-travel element differs from its predecessor. Whatever they decide to cook up, I’m very much looking forward to see Pine and Hemsworth share the screen together as son and father. I’ve enjoyed both Star Trek‘s to this point, and although Beyond‘s debut trailer made me take a step back, it has won me over with time. I’m still a few days away from seeing it, but hearing this news and how much confidence Paramount, Abrams, and co. have in this franchise, it has me booming with excitement for this franchise going forward.

No director or release date has been announced for the film just, but J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write the script with J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber producing through Bad Robot Productions. Star Trek Beyond opens this Friday everywhere.

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