Before Chris Hemsworth was the God of Thunder, he was the father of one James Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. Hemsworth was set to reprise the role of George Kirk in Star Trek 4, but he eventually walked away from the project.
Talking to Variety, Hemsworth opens up about leaving, saying he wasn’t sold with the script:
“I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet… I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
If anything, the fourth Trek movie is having a hard time getting off the ground because of the underperformance of Star Trek Beyond. The film was actually pretty great, and felt a lot like the classic Trek, but a lot of people thought the marketing was actually kind of poor. That should be a lesson for anyone who thought of putting the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage in a Star Trek trailer.
For now, the future of the Trek franchise lies with Quentin Tarantino, who was said to have teamed up with Abrams to develop a Trek movie. We don’t know what Tarantino has planned, but he’s apparently a huge Trek fan, and we should expect him to get to work on his movie after he’s done promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Star Trek 4 is yet to be officially announced.