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Published On: Tue, Aug 14th, 2018

‘Star Trek 4’ in jeopardy as Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth rumored to be exiting

A new report shocked pop culture fans as Star Trek 4 is now considered “in jeopardy” as stars Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth appear to be set for an exit.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that issue at hand is cash.

The actors and their reps “insist they have deals in place and that the studios are reneging on them, forcing them to take pay cuts as they try to budget a movie that is following a mediocre performer,” referring to Star Trek Beyond, a very good movie that massively underperformed when it opened in 2016.

That film grossed $343 million worldwide, but it cost $190 million – subpar ratio when other franchise films regularly cross the $1 billion mark these days.

 

Pine was due to reprise his role as iconic Captain Kirk, which he has played three times, while Hemsworth was to have played his father in a time-traveling adventure, a the role in the prologue of the 2009 film that rebooted the franchise.

Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho are all expected to close their deals and return as Uhura, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, and Sulu, respectively. Star Trek 4 was going to mark the first time a female director, S.J. Clarkson, was going to helm a Trek movie.

Slash Film spoke for most fans: “….this flat-out sucks. I’ve been critical of the new Trek movies, but two of them have been winners, overcoming their flaws to reflect what makes this series so damn special. Pine did the impossible – he proved that someone else was capable of filling William Shatner’s boots. And Hemsworth’s entire career was built on his powerful scenes as George Kirk and seeing him return would have been a thrill. Then there’s the rest of the crew, played to perfection by a perfectly cast ensemble who give new life to beloved characters. I’d watch a Star Trek 4 starring everyone but Kirk, but would Paramount even consider making that?”

Star Trek (2008) Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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