Star Trek continues to thrive on television, but the future of the long-running sci-fi series on the big screen is less clear. Although 2015’s Star Trek Beyond was not as successful as previous films, Paramount was still moving forward with a fourth film in the current reboot series. However, it was cancelled earlier this year, and now Chris Hemsworth, who had been initially cast in the film, has spoken about his decision not to appear it.
Hemsworth made a small appearance in JJ Abram’s first Star Trek reboot movie as George Kirk, and was set to reprise this role. His involvement was first announced back in 2016, but the Thor star has now told Variety that he ultimately turned the role down because he felt the script wasn’t good enough. “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet,” he said. “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
Interestingly, it was previously reported that Hemsworth stepped down from Star Trek 4 due to contract issues. According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, both Hemsworth and Chris Pine, who plays James Kirk, believed that Paramount was forcing them to take pay cuts for the fourth film. Either way, in January it was reported that director SJ Clarkson has stepped down and the movie was “shelved.”
In related news, the rumours that Quentin Tarantino might make a Star Trek movie persist. In January 2018 it was reported that Tarantino had spoken to Abrams about a new story for a Trek movie, and last month the filmmaker stated that it was still “a very big possibility” that the movie could happen.
In terms of Star Trek on the small screen, the first teaser for the upcoming show Picard was released last week. As the title suggests, the series will focus on the iconic former Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard, with Patrick Stewart reprising his role from Star Trek: The Next Generation. It will premiere later this year.
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