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Star Trek IV Announced!

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Star Trek Beyond has yet to even hit cinemas yet Paramount have thrown a weight of confidence behind the brand with the confirmation that Star Trek IV (4, 14 or whatever!) is already in spacedock. Even more surprising is the early announcement that Chris Hemsworth is returning to the reboot series in the role of George Kirk, who we last saw sacrificing himself to save the rest of the crew of the USS Kelvin in 2009's Star Trek.

Hemsworth joins the returning cast which includes Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Jon Cho. One cast member who sadly won't be back is Anton Yelchin who passed away in June.

Original Star Trek Beyond writers J.D Payne and Patrick McKay, who were previously replaced with Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, are back onboard to write the new film in something of a surprise development. They stepped down from the last film when Roberto Orci stepped away from the director's chair.

No word on whether Justin Lin will be back for another instalment or on release date.

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Debuting in 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek survived cancellation and returned with a series of films featuring Jame T Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It spawned four massively successes TV spin-offs and movies and ruled cult TV in the 1990s. After Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, it spawned a film prequel / reboot under the guise of JJ Abrams but returned to its TV roots in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery...

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