Star Trek Beyond is premiering later this week and Paramount Pictures have already confirmed that the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will return for another film, the fourth in the franchise, the currently unnamed Star Trek 4.
Interestingly, they also announced that Chris Hemsworth is returning as the young go-getting father of Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk. Kirk will finally get to meet the father he never knew but yet still left an indelible mark on the young leader.
You may remember that Hemsworth already appeared once before in 2009’s Star Trek as the character.
The remaining cast is also expected to return. (Except for Anton Yelchin who tragically died earlier this year. No word on plans for his character, Chekov.)
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.
No director or release date have been confirmed for the film. There is no word on when the fourth installment will begin production either.
The series’ third film, Star Trek Beyond, is directed by Justin Lin and opens in theaters on July 22.