Against all odds, it seems Chris Pine and the rest of the 2009 Star Trek cast may come aboard for another mission. Deadline is reporting the Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement star and his shipmates are in talks to reprise their roles for the next Trek film, with a production start set for late 2022. Paramount’s reported intention is to bring back Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura, Karl Urban as Dr. Bones McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty, and John Cho as Sulu, alongside Pine‘s Captain James T. Kirk.
If everyone were to return, they’d join a production helmed by WandaVision’s Matt Shakman and produced by original series director J.J. Abrams. The most recent draft of the script is being worked on by Josh Freidman and Cameron Squires, based on a draft by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
Currently, all plot details are being kept a firm secret, but the film will likely continue the adventures established in the prior three installments. The past few years have seen the studio’s Star Trek plans in limbo, with potential projects from filmmakers Quintin Tarantino and Noah Hawley floating in the air after an initial attempt at a fourth film with the original cast fell apart. It was reported at the time that the franchise stalled due to conflict over pay cuts with the movie’s leading cast. Back then, the movie would have been directed by S.J. Clarkson, who went on to take a job leading Sony’s upcoming Madame Webb adaptation.