Rumor of the Day: Thor actor Chris Hemsworth to return for Star Trek 4

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Jul 18, 2016, 11:12 AM EDT

“Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother's, and yours.” – Christopher Pike.

George Kirk (aka James T. Kirk's dad) may have died saving the lives of the crew of the USS Kelvin in 2009's Star Trek, but it looks like this won’t stop the powers-that-be from bringing Chris Hemsworth back for Star Trek 4.

While making the press rounds for Star Trek Beyond, producer J.J. Abrams was asked about a potential fourth entry in the beloved sci-fi franchise. Instead of playing coy, as he did for Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams was very open in his answer, confirming plans for Star Trek 4:

“Yes, and there’s something that hopefully we’re figurative minutes away from talking about. But the answer is 100 percent yes, and it’s incredibly exciting.”

And this is where Abrams dropped the mother of all photon torpedoes, because he revealed to Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz that not only is the script finished, but Hemsworth will be reprising his role of George Kirk alongside Chris Pine, who plays Capt. Kirk:

However they plan to pull this off, and what will be the extent of his role is unclear, but a return to Star Trek wouldn’t be a bad thing for Hemsworth. He may be the mighty God of Thunder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but his box-office draw outside of the Marvel films has proven to be less than mighty, with a string of box-office failures that include Blackhat, In the Heart of the Sea and The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

What do you guys think of this news?

(via Comic Book Movie)