We have heard from many of the Kelvin movie cast since Paramount announced plans to reunite them for a fourth Star Trek movie, and now Simon Pegg joins the list. Speaking at FedCon over the previous weekend, he discussed returning to the role of Scotty, and a bit about the Quentin Tarantino Trek pitch. Also talking about Trek is Chris Hemsworth, who now appears open to a return to the role of Kirk’s dad.
Pegg confident, talked to director
Appearing at FedCon the weekend ahead of when Paramount CEO Brian Robbins talked about Star Trek 4 being on the “starting line,” Simon Pegg joked with the assembled crowd in Germany “I could exclusively announce at FedCon, I don’t f–ing know.” But he went on to echo his other co-stars, saying:
A fourth movie is planned. Obviously, the big problem with that is that there are a group of actors who are all busy and all have things going on. We have to find a moment when we can all be together… As soon as they can figure out our moment we can we could all be together, I’m sure we’ll do it. I’d love to get back together with those guys.
It’s bittersweet for us now because we lost Anton [Yelchin] and that really, it’s hard. I think we’ll miss him when we’re all together. We will feel that he’s not there. But any chance I get to hang with those guys I’ll always take. They’ve become like family over the last 12 years. So no one’s being coy. It’s not like we’re keeping secrets. We’re just waiting for the right moment for all to coalesce. So stay tuned.
Like other members of the cast, Pegg is still waiting on a script, but he has had contact with director Matt Shakman, saying “I’ve chatted to the director briefly.”
Pegg talks Tarantino’s “insane” Trek
Simon Pegg was asked about the Quentin Tarantino Star Trek project that never got out of development, he offered some more insights:
Quentin came up with his mad Star Trek script. I think it’d be amazing to do it. It was really fun. People were asking me about it saying it was going to be all swearing and stuff and I said, “No it’s not going to be like that.” And then Quentin called me and said, “No, that’s exactly what it’s going to be.” So it was insane. And I think it’s a film that a lot of people would love to see. But because of Quentin’s schedule and his approach to moviemaking, I think he’s the only person that could possibly have directed it. So it’ll end up being one of those amazing lost scripts that people will try and get hold of… but I don’t think it’s going to get made.
Hemsworth now ready to say Yes to the Trek
Talk of a follow-up to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond has been an ongoing topic even before Beyond hit theaters, Paramount pre-announced a sequel that would bring back Chris Hemsworth to reprise his 2009 Star Trek role as George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk. A script was written and a director was hired with filming set to start in 2019, however, the film fizzled out after salary renegotiations broke down with both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth.
Later Hemsworth said he wasn’t sold on the script for that film, however, the actor now appears to be ready to return to Trek. In a new video interview with Vanity Fair, Hemsworth discussed various roles he has played and when talking about the 2009 movie, he added the following:
There was talk about me doing the film with Chris Pine at one point. The script was sort of put together and then it fell apart. And if J.J. Abrams called me tomorrow and said, “Chris Pine and I want to do it,” I’d probably say “Yeah, let’s go for it.”
There are no indications that the current 2023 Star Trek project planned by producer J.J. Abrams calls for Hemsworth to reprise his role. It was developed after the previous project fell apart with a different director and different writers.
Special thanks to Sebastian Bittins of Euderion for his photo contribution to this article.
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