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Chris Hemsworth Calls Star Trek 4 Pitch “Amazing”

You might recall that right around the time director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond premiered, JJ Abrams mentioned that he’d had an idea for how to bring back Chris Hemsworth’s George Kirk for the fourth filming the franchise. As James’ (Chris Pine) father and the driving force behind the young captain’s enrollment into the Starfleet, George Kirk’s ghost has had a huge impact on the storylines thus far. In fact, Bones (Keith Urban) and Captain Kirk have a fairly lengthy discussion about George in Beyond, namely in how the younger Kirk deals with the memory of his late, great father. 

Now, MTV has it that Hemsworth has spoken to Abrams and found the pitch for Star Trek 4 simply “amazing.” While the details on how the deceased George might become a major player in the fourth film remain opaque (lots of people assume some kind of time travel, considering the film will star the series’ regulars), the fact that Hemsworth found the pitch so good he immediately signed on is promising news for Trekkies. 

Hemsworth just wrapped Thor: Ragnarok with director Taika Waititi and is about to start shooting Avengers: Infinity War in a couple of weeks (another interesting tidbit from the MTV interview is that Hemsworth had yet to read the Infinity Wars script, despite principal photography beginning so soon."[It's] a little nerve-racking a couple weeks out, isn't it?" he said. "But this is the way Marvel does it."

As for Star Trek Four, Hemsworth will be in good hands on the script front; writer (and star) Simon Pegg has already begun writing the script with his partner Doug Jung (they wrote last year’s Star Trek Beyond). As for who’s directing, that’s anyone’s guess at this point; JJ Abrams has declared that he’s done with remakes, reboots and sequels, so it’ll be interesting to see who ends up at the helm. 

Star Trek 4 isn't due in theaters until 2019.

Featured image: Chris Hemsworth on the set of Thor: Ragnarok. Courtesy Walt Disney/Marvel

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