Star Trek IV: The Wrath of Waiting

Paramount officially released their intent to continue the Star Trek Saga back in 2016, but information has been ‘leaked’ as early as late 2015! 

So … the rumor mill has been grinding away for a few years already as to the plot of the new flick, when it will be released, and of course the title. After no new verifiable news, fans had started to fear that the picture might be dead in the water … or drifting in space. But as recently as this April, Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty, has stated, “I know we’re doing more.” and is confident that the sequel to Star Trek: Beyond will begin filming in the near future.

Is There a Working Title?

Star Trek IV is what everyone is going with still … No, not The Voyage Home where the ragtag crew of the USS Enterprise travels back in time from the planet Vulcan to '80s Earth, using humpback whales to send messages across time.  I mean … Not to nitpick, but it should be called Star Trek XIV, right? 

Enter Thor …

… I mean Chris Hemsworth. Although this sequel probably won’t be nearly as epic as the 1986 installment of Star Trek IV —ahem ahem— if the plot reveals are correct, it will feature time travel yet again. Allegedly, Chris Hemsworth will be portraying George Kirk, James T. Kirk’s deceased father. This makes a certain amount of sense as we briefly saw Hemsworth in the 2009 reboot. But it still leaves a ton of speculation as to the plot. 

The Plot Thickens

Things have gone even further down the hearsay rabbit hole since Quentin Tarantino has apparently thrown a wrench in J.J. Abrams original pitch by apparently pitching something even more awesome that the studio is now considering. 

The Cast

IMDb actually has a listing for ‘Untitled Star Trek Sequel’. And though it actually says, ‘plot kept under wraps’, it does have Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and John Cho on the casting list. And we know through interviews that Simon Pegg and Karl Urban have had at least some communication with the studio about the film. So this is a good sign that we’ll see the majority of 2009 crew intact.

One thing I am dying to know is, will we see Jaylah (Sofia Boutella) as a full-fledged member of the Enterprise? Her budding relationship with Scotty in Beyond left me wanting to see more the banter between the two.

Release Date

Way back when … when Star Trek: Beyond was just being released and the news of the untitled Star Trek sequel was announced, we all thought the movie would be released in late 2018 or early 2019. 

Now, however, interviews with the potential cast point towards filming beginning no earlier than 2019. That could mean we have a bit of time yet to wait. 

One thing is certain though, once things get firmed up some signatures and filming dates, we will definitely see some entertainment odds on when the release date will be. That said, we’ll have to check some of the top online sites once we know for sure that filming will be taking place. 

I like to review 5dimes for information like this, as they will give us a pretty good indication of what the actual time-frame that we may be looking at.


I am betting that we get our Star Trek fix in the fall of 2019. At least I am really hoping that we don’t have to wait much longer than that. Watching Star Trek: Discovery has been a great little tide-me-over … but it is high time we get that 14th cinematic franchise installment!