A few weeks ago, Paramount Pictures announced that the original Kelvin Timeline cast is returning to the fourth Star Trek film that has been long in the works. A lot of fans were excited about the news. However, we learned later on that the cast hasn't actually signed on to the project yet despite the public declaration that they will be involved in the film.
In a recent interview with Variety during the premiere of the new film All the Old Knives, Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk in the first three Star Trek films, was asked about his reaction with his co-stars when they found out that they are returning in the fourth film. He said, "I think everybody was like, “Did you hear about this?” [Laughs]. We’re usually the last people to find out, but I do know we’re all excited. Whenever they want to send us a script, we’re ready for it."
When asked if he has an idea about the story or if he has seen the script, he answered, "We haven’t seen a script. I don’t know anything about it." Afterward, he was asked with another follow-up question if he trusted the filmmakers enough that he signed on without reading the script to which he clarified, "I don’t trust anybody, but I’m excited. I love the story. I love Star Trek. I love my people."
It is really unusual to hear that a studio would announce a project with the cast involved even though the cast themselves haven't officially signed on or read a script to see if they're interested to return. It is alarming to hear that Pine and his co-stars haven't read the script because that means negotiations are still happening at the moment and their involvement in the fourth film is still not official.
The film is supposed to start production by the end of the year so they need to have the cast sign-on as soon as possible in order to work their respective schedules. Usually, negotiations take a while as the actors and studio have to make an agreement in terms of demands, schedule, and most importantly, the salary. We should be hearing another update soon regarding the progress of the fourth film and if the cast likes the script enough that they are signing on.
The fourth Star Trek film is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on December 22, 2023.