“Star Trek 3” has found a director in Justin Lin.
The “Fast & Furious 6” filmmaker will take over the project from Roberto Orci, who previously had signed on to direct the third installment in Paramount’s rebooted “Star Trek” franchise, sources confirmed Monday.
The film would have marked the directorial debut of Orci, a “Trek” veteran who wrote the scripts (with Alex Kurtzman and then Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof) for the previous two movies in the series, 2009’s “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
The most recent movie prospered at the box office, earning more than $444 million worldwide after opening to mostly positive reviews, though many fans groused about the veil of secrecy that surrounded the villain who was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a character first identified as John Harrison and later revealed to be the iconic Khan.
Both of the earlier films were directed by J.J. Abrams, whose decision to take over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” required him to bow out of stepping behind the camera for a third “Trek” voyage.
Lin comes to the franchise after helming four installments of Universal’s wildly popular action franchise: “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “Fast & Furious,” “Fast Five” and last year’s “Fast & Furious 6.”
He burst onto the filmmaking scene in 2002 with the Sundance Film Festival sensation “Better Luck Tomorrow.”
Paramount has not yet set a release date for “Star Trek 3”; “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will open in theaters Dec. 18, 2015.
— Gina McIntyre
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