TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT... STAR TREK

Where does the crew of the USS En­ter­prise boldly go next?

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1__ Fol­low­ing on from 2016’s Star Trek: Be­yond, a fourth movie in the ‘Kelvin’ re­boot uni­verse — and the 14th Trek film over­all — is now in pre-pro­duc­tion, bring­ing Kirk and co back to the En­ter­prise once more.

2__ For the first time in the se­ries’ sto­ried film his­tory, there will be a fe­male cap­tain at the helm — be­hind the cam­era, at least — with S.J. Clark­son hav­ing signed on as the film’s di­rec­tor.

3__ Clark­son is best known for her TV work, which has in­cluded di­rect­ing episodes of Life On Mars, Dex­ter, The De­fend­ers and Sea­son 2 of Jes­sica Jones. She also di­rected all four parts of Carey Mul­li­gan BBC minis­eries Col­lat­eral.

4__ The as-yet-un­ti­tled Trek is be­ing writ­ten by J.D. Payne and Patrick Mckay, both of whom worked (un­cred­ited) on Si­mon Pegg’s script for Be­yond.

5__ As for what the film’s about, the ru­mour is that it will — un­sur­pris­ingly for Star Trek — in­volve time travel, and rein­tro­duce a char­ac­ter we haven’t seen since his fiery demise at the helm of the USS Kelvin: Kirk’s Father.

6__ Played by a pre-thor Chris Hemsworth in the 2009 re­boot, Ge­orge Kirk gave his life so that his preg­nant wife and un­born son could es­cape the as­sault by Eric Bana’s ram­pag­ing Ro­mu­lan, Nero. Pine is con­firmed to re­turn as James T — per­haps some of those per­vad­ing daddy is­sues will be salved.

7__ Will he be res­ur­rected by a ter­raform­ing probe as in Star Trek III? Could it be an evil clone à la Neme­sis? Some­one from the mir­ror uni­verse like Dis­cov­ery? Stuck in the Nexus from Star Trek: Gen­er­a­tions? Given the talk of time travel, it seems far more likely Papa Ge­orge is pulled un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously into the present, or Kirk is cat­a­pulted back to en­counter him in the past.

8__ The en­tire crew is ex­pected to re­turn, with the ex­cep­tion of Pavel Chekov. Af­ter An­ton Yelchin’s tragic death in 2016, pro­ducer J.J. Abrams has said that they won’t con­sider re-cast­ing the role.

9__ This Star Trek movie is not to be con­fused with the pro­posed Star Trek from Quentin Tarantino, which is planned to go into pro­duc­tion af­ter­wards and which Tarantino may or may not di­rect.

10__ Tarantino’s Star Trek — based off a “wild” idea the di­rec­tor is said to have had for the fran­chise — will not only come af­ter this movie, but is said to be en­tirely sep­a­rate, po­ten­tially re­boot­ing the se­ries once more for an en­tirely new set of char­ac­ters.

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