Will Chris Pine Be in Another Star Trek Movie?

After a successful portrayal of the iconic Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot series, fans have been eagerly waiting for Chris Pine’s return to the franchise. However, there has been a lot of uncertainty and speculation surrounding his involvement in future Star Trek movies.

The Contract Dispute

Back in 2018, it was reported that both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth (who played Kirk’s father) had walked away from negotiations for the fourth Star Trek film due to a contract dispute with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media.

The dispute reportedly arose due to their salary demands. Pine and Hemsworth were asking for pay parity with other A-list actors in similar franchises, such as Robert Downey Jr. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Paramount was unwilling to meet their demands and subsequently put the project on hold.

A New Hope

There is some good news for fans of Chris Pine’s portrayal of Kirk. In December 2020, it was announced that Paramount Pictures had hired Kalinda Vazquez to write a new Star Trek movie.

This news sparked hope amongst fans that Pine might return as Captain Kirk once again. However, there has been no official confirmation yet from either Pine or Paramount Pictures regarding his involvement in this new project.

The Future of Star Trek

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Chris Pine’s involvement in future Star Trek movies, Paramount Pictures seems committed to continuing with the franchise.

  • In addition to Vazquez’s upcoming project, there are also talks of Quentin Tarantino directing a standalone Star Trek film.
  • The third season of Star Trek: Discovery premiered on CBS All Access (now known as Paramount+) in October 2020.
  • The animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks premiered on CBS All Access in August 2020.

With so much in the works for the Star Trek franchise, it is possible that we may see Chris Pine return as Captain Kirk at some point. However, until there is official confirmation from Paramount Pictures, fans will have to continue to wait with bated breath.


While the future of Chris Pine’s involvement in Star Trek movies remains uncertain, Paramount Pictures seems committed to continuing with the franchise. With new projects in development and talks of a standalone film directed by Quentin Tarantino, there is still hope for fans of the iconic sci-fi franchise.