J.J. Abrams Teases Next Star Trek Sequel

While Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters next week, talk is already turning to the next installment in the rebooted franchise. After helming 2009’s Star Trek and its first sequel, J.J. Abrams found himself busy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and stepped back to a producer role for Beyond, with Fast & Furious 6 helmer Justin Lin coming onboard. But when asked if they’ve already thought about ideas for Star Trek 4, Abrams responded enthusiastically:

“Yes, and there’s something that hopefully we’re figuratively minutes away from talking about. The answer is 100% yes, and it’s incredibly exciting.”

It’s not uncommon for studios to start work on sequels before the imminent film is released, but the Trek franchise has been a curious case. The 2009 reboot was a commercial success as was Into Darkness, but neither film hit the heights of other blockbuster franchises like Fast & Furious or Star Wars.

Chris Hemsworth will reportedly be returning to the franchise after playing George Kirk—Chris Pine’s father—in the 2009 film’s fantastic prologue, re-joining the series for Star Trek 4.

It’s possible Abrams and Co. will officially announce this casting next week during the film’s Comic-Con premiere, so stay tuned. Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22nd.

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