Saturday, 11 August 2018
No Chrises (no Kirks) for Star Trek 4?
According to The Hollywood Reporter this apparently comes down to Paramount trying to keep costs low due to Star Trek Beyond not doing as well as hoped, this has led to them trying to get Chris Pine to take a pay cut despite him already being signed up to do Star Trek 4 as part of the deal that got him back for Beyond. Exactly when Chris Hemsworth signed up and to what is less clear, but the same effect seems to have occured.
On the bright side The Hollywood Reporter also believe Paramount is still keen to keep up pace on production, and that Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho are all ready to rejoin the crew, alongside Zachary Quinto who like Pine was already signed up. No mention of Sofia Boutella in that article alas; I really hope Jaylah returns! Nor for that matter Alice Eve, who I'd like to see back as Carol Marcus if the Kirk family reunion plot does go forward.
What happens next? Well hopefully more negotiations to carry on as originally planned. They could recast (maybe Chrises Evans and Pratt could step in?...), and I think could probably get away with a new George Kirk, but surely they wont let themselves be forced to change Captain Kirk??
Meanwhile, in other casting news for the movie, Deadline reported recently that Danai Gurira (aka Black Panther's Okoye) is also being considered for a role in the film.