Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth may not be in Star Trek 4

Chris Hemsworth

Well, when a fourth Trek film was announced in 2016, Pine, at least, had a tentative deal in place. Pine was going to portray Captain James T. Kirk for the fourth time but backed out at the last minute due to persisting disagreement. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, both the actors have quit the film after talks for salary negotiations failed. After all, the actor's role in the first film was short lived and he's never officially been confirmed for the project - despite being rumored to return since 2016 when Brad Grey was still in charge of Paramount Studios. He knows how to play a leading man in a big budget genre film, and he'd allow Star Trek to keep its recommended Chris quota intact.

Although not much is known about Tarantino's own story idea for a Trek movie, should it not involve two Kirks (and there's been no solid evidence yet, just murmurings across the galaxy that the movie would involve the rebooted cast) it's not beyond the realms fans could yet have a Star Trek movie on their hands soon.

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The studios are allegedly trying to get Hemsworth and Pine to take pay cuts, as Star Trek just doesn't make that Marvel money. Following right behind Pine is his onscreen dad Chris Hemsworth, who also couldn't come to an agreement on his salary for this impending continuation of the sci-fi franchise.

The studio doesn't appear to be willing to scrap the movie over their potential departures, and the deals with Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho are "expected to close". That was higher than the $228 million domestic for Star Trek Into Darkness. The Marvel, DC and Star Wars movies all regularly pull in north of $700 million if they don't reach $1 billion worldwide. The actor signed for Star Trek 4 even before he shot Star Trek Beyond in 2015. Do you think they should recast Captain Kirk and his father? S.J. Clarkson was tapped to direct the project, potentially making her the first female director for a Star Trek movie.

Although the two sides seem to be at an impasse, insiders tell THR that the sequel remains a "priority development" and is not being put on hold.

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