It looks like Chris Pine and the rest of his Star Trek crew are getting a new movie, and Giant Freakin Robot called it first. As confirmed in a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, the film will hopefully be hitting screens on December 22, 2023. This release data seems super quick, considering no deals for the rest of the cast are currently inked.
In addition to Chris Pine, Paramount is also hoping to make deals with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldaña, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho to return them to previous roles. The announcement was made by Paramount exec Brian Robbins and by J.J. Abrams, who you might remember as the director and producer of the first two rebooted movies, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness. He also produced the latest entry, 2016’s Star Trek Beyond while Justin Lin took on directing duties.
Although no deals have been made for Chris Pine and the rest of the cast, it does look like they’ve had the other gears in motion for a while. In addition to having J.J. Abrams on board, they do have a director chosen and a team of writers. The director for the newest Star Trek entry will be Matt Shakman who is known for his directing work on the Marvel Disney series WandaVision. Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet penned the original version of the script, and rewrites are being handled by Josh Friedman and Cameron Squires.
Our original scoop was given to us about a year ago, so these new developments may give credence to the other rumors we were handed. Though the story is yet to be confirmed by official channels, our source indicated that the film may focus on Chris Pine reuniting with his father, played by Chris Hemsworth. The 2009 Star Trek reboot was released before Hemsworth’s first appearance as Thor, so his star has certainly risen considerably since then. It would make sense they’d want to get him involved in a larger capacity. Our rumors also indicate that William Shatner, aka the original Kirk, might be making an appearance. The story is also supposed to be darker than previous entries. Star Trek Beyond was fairly fun and bombastic, so this would definitely be a departure in tone.
Finally, in our original report, our source indicated that this would possibly be a Paramount Plus exclusive release. Since the COVID-19 vaccine has been made available and people have become more comfortable returning to theatres (looking at you Spider-Man: No Way Home) it looks like Paramount is going to opt for the theatre route after all. Of course, you’ll probably be able to stream it on the platform soon after.
With the new Star Trek movie seemingly on a hyperspeed fast track, it’s likely that Chris Pine and company will sign their deals sooner than later. We should be getting plenty more details on the movie in the near future and this movie will, of course, garner considerable attention especially with the franchise as a whole performing so well for Paramount right now.