Chris Hemsworth Reprising ‘Star Trek’ Role for Fourth Film
Chris Hemsworth is returning to space in the fourth installment of the Star Trek franchise. The Thor star will reprise his role as George Kirk, the father of Chris Pine’s character Captain James T. Kirk. The Australian actor, 32, appeared in the first Star Trek film in 2009, but was killed off at the beginning of the movie.
“(James T. 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,” reads a statement from studio bosses at Paramount Pictures. The casting news and announcement of the new movie comes days before the third film, Star Trek Beyond, hits theaters in the U.S. and U.K. on Friday. The remaining castmembers, including Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and John Cho, are all expected to return, although it is unclear how moviemakers will deal with the death of co-star Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov, after he was killed in a freak car accident in June. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to write the next screenplay, while J.J. Abrams will return to produce. A new director has yet to be announced. Justin Lin took charge of the third Star Trek installment, while Simon Pegg, who portrays Scotty onscreen, was tasked with co-writing the film, and he made sure the sequel honored the memory of late franchise veteran Leonard Nimoy, who died during the writing process early last year. Pegg and screenwriter Doug Jung decided to write Nimoy into the storyline, intertwining the TV star’s contributions to the much loved sci-fi franchise with Quinto’s movie version of Spock. The Brit tells WENN, “We wanted to make it part of Zach’s Spock’s arc and not just doing a reference to Spock. What we did eventually was to dedicate the film to him. We wanted to have his passing be something which inspired our Spock to move on as well, and so it became a part of the story and not just a nod in Leonard’s direction. That felt right to do it that way.” And the way Pegg and Jung handled the delicate situation gained the thumbs up from Quinto. “I thought Simon and Doug did a beautiful job of incorporating it into the narrative of the film,” he says. “We all carried him with us through this production for sure. It was definitely a different kind of feeling to make this movie without him, for me in particular. But I think he was very much a part of it in spirit and certainly in the film now, and will be a part of anything we do moving forward for sure.”