Karl Urban has said that he would be up to reprise his role as the fan-favorite Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek 4, but noted he has no clue what’s going on with the franchise at the moment. The series’ third film, Star Trek Beyond, impressed critically, however its global box office take of $353 million was found to be underwhelming by Paramount Pictures, and news on a sequel has been slow to emerge.
However, Urban told Screen Rant that he’d more than be up for another trip aboard the Starship Enterprise if Paramount decides to make it. “Yeah, look, I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything. Obviously, I would love the opportunity to make another Star Trek film,” he said. “We always have so much fun when we get together. That cast is…they’re like family. That being said, if Star Trek Beyond was the last one we got to make, then I’m proud of the film and I’m happy to end it there.”
The property was rebooted by J.J. Abrams in 2009 and he followed it up with 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness before Justin Lin helmed the last film. Lin leaned more to a conventional Star Trek story with screenwriter, cast member and hardcore Trekkie Simon Pegg also working on the script. In the past though, Abrams has said that a fourth movie would focus on legacy with Chris Hemsworth returning to play Captain Kirk’s father, George.
However, despite Chris Pine (James Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) signing on for a fourth chapter, Quinto himself recently stated that it wasn’t a guarantee. If Paramount presses on, the writers will also have to contend with the loss of Chekov actor Anton Yelchin, who died in an accident before the release of Beyond. Abrams, who continues as a producer of the series, has said his role won’t be recast.
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