The world is still waiting for news on the next movie to follow 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, which introduced a new character played by Sofia Boutella. Now the actress is talking about her hopes to return.
Boutella on Star Trek 4
In Star Trek Beyond, Sofia Boutella played the new alien character Jaylah, who helped the crew of the USS Enterprise take down the bad bad guy, Krall. The film ended with Jaylah being accepted into Starfleet Academy. Paramount has been trying to get a follow-up “Star Trek 4” film going, but it isn’t known if it would include Boutella. Appearing at Steel City Comic Con in December, Boutella talked about the possibility of returning to the role (via Fandom Spotlite):
I would love to see her evolve with all of the guys and with everybody. I would love to go back to her. I love her a lot. I enjoyed that experience so much. I would do it in a heartbeat.
The latest official news from Paramount Pictures on the Star Trek 4 project was removing it from their 2023 release calendar after director Matt Shakman exited the project, with the studio still indicating it was “excited about the creative vision of this next chapter and look forward to bringing it to audiences all around world.”
Boutella gave an update on what she knows about a follow-up to Beyond:
I don’t know if they’re making a fourth one. I hear things all the time, but I don’t know what’s happening.
The actress did speak about working with Simon Pegg, who co-wrote Beyond, and said they remain close:
I owe this experience to Simon. He wrote the character. He wrote that script, obviously. But aside from being on the screen, we developed a real strong friendship. He’s been incredible during filming, and after, and he remains a really good friend. We were very, very close during that shoot.
Since Beyond, Boutella has remained busy, appearing in a number of film and TV projects including The Mummy, Atomic Blonde, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and SAS: Rogue Heroes. She just wrapped filming as the star of Zack Snyder’s upcoming sci-fi movie Rebel Moon. Over the summer, Snyder shared a makeup test with Boutella that showed she’s playing an alien again.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) June 7, 2022
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