Star Trek 4 in doubt as Chris Pine, Hemsworth drop out

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Star Trek 4 could be in for a major shakeup.

Pine was due to reprise the role of Captain Kirk, while Hemsworth would have played his father in a time-travelling twist, having first played the part in 2009.

According to THR, the issue is financial, with Pine and Hemsworth saying they already have contracts in place that they want Paramount to honor, while the studio would prefer them to take less money because the Star Trek movies themselves haven't exactly been setting the box office on fire, especially in the case of Star Trek Beyond, the most recent outing. 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.

Star Trek 4, which surely won't be its actual title, was supposed to have two of Hollywood's famous Chrises. And Chris Hemsworth has been confirmed to return as Kirk's dad George Samuel Kirk, Sr., since even before Star Trek Beyond came out in 2016. Reportedly, the actors feel Paramount is not sticking to "existing deals" and forcing them "to take pay cuts as they try to budget a movie that is following a mediocre performer". Pine though has been the leading man of the Star Trek films since 2009's Star Trek.

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Deals for the rest of the returning cast (Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty and John Cho as Sulu) were to proceed shortly but unless Paramount cave to the demands of the Kirks, it seems unlikely we will see this particular time travel adventure.

"Star Trek Beyond" grossed $343 million against a $190 million budget, but one source told THR the companies lost money on the venture. That was higher than the $228 million domestic for Star Trek Into Darkness.

Are you looking forward to Star Trek 4? The Marvel, DC and Star Wars movies all regularly pull in north of $700 million if they don't reach $1 billion worldwide. They could recast Kirk and his dad.

According to Paramount and Skydance, the movie is a "priority development" and will not be "put on hold".

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