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‘Apes’ Director Rupert Wyatt New Frontrunner to Helm ‘Star Trek 3’

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‘Apes’ Director Rupert Wyatt New Frontrunner to Helm ‘Star Trek 3’

Sorry, Jonathan Frakes, it looks like the search for a new Star Trek 3 director has been narrowed to five other names.

Sources tell Deadline that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is apparently at the top of a very short list to replace Roberto Orci behind the camera of the Paramount Pictures film.

Related: Jonathan Frakes Talks “Star Trek 3” Hopes and Riker Memories

Wyatt has been a frontrunner for a long time; his name first came up as a potential director in August 2013. Joining him are Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) and Duncan Jones (Source Code). Deadline goes on to point out some of the possible scheduling conflicts that could affect these directors’ candidacy; Espinosa is next scheduled to helm Boston Strong, a film about last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, and Jones is attached to Legendary Pictures’ high-profile Warcraft feature film based on the popular video game.

Frakes, who played William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and directed installments in the previous Trek film franchise, expressed interest in the gig after Roberto Orci dropped out. Orci previously left both Sony’s “Spider-Man” franchise and the upcoming Power Rangers film to work on Star Trek 3.

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