WANDAVISION Director Matt Shakman To Helm New STAR TREK Movie; Kelvin Crew Expected To Return

Paramount has enlisted WandaVision director/exec producer Matt Shakman to helm the next installment in the Star Trek franchise, with Chris Pine and the rest of the Kelvin Timeline crew expected to return.

After taking us on a trip to a sitcom reality in Marvel's WandaVision, Matt Shakman is set to journey to the final frontier for the latest installment in Paramount Pictures' Star Trek franchise.

Deadline reports that Shakman has signed a deal to direct the untitled Star Trek movie for Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, with production scheduled to commence next spring. Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson penned the latest draft of the script. This will be the latest attempt to get a new Trek project off the ground after Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley's takes fell by the wayside.

Details are few and far between, but Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and the rest of the "Kelvin Timeline" crew introduced in Abrams' 2009 reboot are expected to reprise their respective roles.

Shakman was nominated for an Emmy award earlier today for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Move for his work on WandaVision, and is said to have "chose Star Trek over several other offers."

UPDATE: Despite initial reports suggesting that Pine and co. would be back, THR reckons "it’s unknown if castmembers from Abrams’ 2009 reboot, led by Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, will be in the film."

We'll keep you updated if and when we hear more, but for now, be sure to let us know what you make of this news in the usual place.

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