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Star Trek 4 Names S.J. Clarkson As Franchise's First Female Director

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There's a woman in the director's chair of a Star Trek movie for the very first time.

S.J. Clarkson has been brought on board to direct Star Trek 4. The decision was announced by Paramount Pictures at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The studio said they are planning on releasing a fourth movie with Chris Hemsworth, who played Captain Kirk's (Chris Pine) father in Star Trek (2009). Zachary Quinto will also be returning.

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The news, reported by Variety, is unrelated to the Star Trek movie in the works from J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino, which is still being written and will likely be in theaters after this fourth installment.

Details about the film are still few and far between, but reports say that the plot will see Pine's character encounter his father via time travel. Star Trek 4's screenplay is written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Abrams and Lindsey Weber are producing it with their Bad Robot Productions. It will be executive produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg from Skydance Media.

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Clarkson is well-known for her work on Dexter, Bates Motel, Orange is the New Black and Jessica Jones. In addition, she recently directed several episodes of Marvel's The Defenders. More details about the film, including additional cast members and a plot summary, are forthcoming from Paramount Pictures at this time.

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