Chris Pine wasn’t joking when he said he didn’t know anything about Star Trek 4.
Chris Pine, the actor who has helmed the Enterprise on three of the Star Trek films rebooted by J. J. Abrams, talked on the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast [via Trekmovie] about how stoked he was for a fourth film in the franchise, but he clarified that “none of us know anything.” He said he thought reporters think the cast knows more than what they are saying but confirmed that all he heard was “that they said we are making a film.”
"I haven’t seen a script. All I heard was that they said we’re making a film. I am so stoked for that idea and possibility as we all are, but it’s so premature to say anything because there’s no date, no nothing. But I’m pretty positive we’d all come back. I don’t see why not."
Chris Pine loves the idea of playing one character over the course of his career.
Pine last donned the Starfleet uniform in 2016’s Star Trek Beyond and is more than willing to wear it again. He said that for an actor to get to play one character over the entire course of their career is rare. But he thinks it would be super cool to get to do that. And he’s hoping that he does get to play Captain James T. Kirk again.
With the recent departure of Matt Shakman as the director of Star Trek 4, the studio is back on the hunt for someone else to take the helm. While there’s been no official word, odds are good this new hiccup will affect the anticipated release date of December 2023. With no script, no director, and the cast members still in the dark, there are a lot of cards to be shuffled before this movie gets off the ground. Even though Paramount’s chief has said the movie is getting close, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with a 2024 release date.