With the theatrical release of Star Trek Beyond close at hand, fans of the rebooted science-fiction franchise are probably more than a little pumped up to return to the Starship Enterprise and see whether or not the new movie from director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) will live up to all the hype. Ahead of the movie’s premiere this Friday, early critical reaction has been quite warm, with the general consensus being that Lin’s movie is a fun new adventure aboard the USS Enterprise.

For those who might have been less than satisfied with Star Trek Into Darkness, the third film set within the newly established Kelvin Timeline should prove a more than welcome progenitive successor in the long line of original productions based on series creator Gene Roddenberry’s original thematic vision. On that note, the latest news regarding Star Trek 4 has just been officially revealed.

Paramount Pictures has officially announced that Star Trek 4 (official title TBA) will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth (Ghostbusters) as George Kirk, the long-lost father of James T. Kirk as portrayed by Chris Pine (The Finest Hours). Set to include most of the cast from Star Trek Beyond, the next movie will be penned by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, with J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber producing through Bad Robot. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance will executive produce.

Chris Hemsworth George Kirk Star Trek Star Trek 4 is Officially a Go; Synopsis & Writers Revealed

Check out the official plot synopsis for Star Trek 4 below:

“In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain 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. Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s Star Trek, will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.”

Having Hemsworth back as the late Captain Kirk to meet his infant son as a grown man for the first time in Star Trek 4 will be an interesting turn of events for die-hard franchise fans and general moviegoers alike. Given the tragic end met by George Kirk way back in 2009, the Kelvin Timeline is in for quiet the cosmic shift when the legendary character finally makes his way back into the realm of the living.

Given the fact that Star Trek 4 co-writers Payne and McKay both served in uncredited roles in the writing of the script for Star Trek Beyond, pegging them to pen the forthcoming franchise sequel will probably result in another winning entry for all parties involved. Abrams kicked off quite the blockbuster series with his reboot of Star Trek in 2009, and things are already looking up in regards to the making of Star Trek 4.

Star Trek Beyond opens in U.S. theaters July 22nd, 2016. Screen Rant will keep you updated on all information related to Star Trek 4.

Source: Paramount Pictures

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