Chris Pine & Chris Hemsworth May Not Return For 'Star Trek 4′

Chris Pine & Chris Hemsworth May Not Return For 'Star Trek 4′

Hemsworth was previously attacked to Star Trek 4 as reported way back in 2016, but at the time, Paramount was under a different regime headed by Brad Grey.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the talks between the Chrises' representation and Paramount have stalled with both sides walking away from negotiations.

The as-yet untitled project was believed to have been gearing up for production, with "Jessica Jones" veteran S.J. Clarkson on board as the film franchise's first female director and Danai Gurira from "Black Panther" expected to have a key role.

Pine had reportedly signed on for a fourth movie when he re-upped for Star Trek Beyond.

The next Star Trek film could be much different than we initially anticipated. Why? The consensus reads, "Star Trek Beyond continues the franchise's post-reboot hot streak with an epic sci-fi adventure that honors the series' sci-fi roots without skimping on the blockbuster action".

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Deals with the rest of the cast - Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho - are expected to close, but as of now, we shouldn't expect to see either Chris show up.

J.J. Abrams' original 2009 Star Trek film brought in $386 million, while 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness clocked in at $467 million, and 2016's Star Trek Beyond made $343 million, a substantial decline that may have the studio a little gun-shy on expenditures. But Paramount claims Star Trek is not in line with the Marvel movies or something like Star Wars, and they have an actual budget they need to worry about. Pine though has been the leading man of the Star Trek films since 2009's Star Trek.

It's not yet clear what will happen to Star Trek 4 from this point on. A situation that leaves them with a few interesting choices: They could recast one or both of the actors and move forward with the original plan. Star Trek 4 will make history as the first-ever installment in the longstanding franchise to be directed by a woman.

Insiders for Paramount and Skydance are reportedly saying the Bad Robot co-production is a "priority" for the studio and won't be put on hold.

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