If there's one thing Chris Hemsworth loves, it's a good reboot. The Australian actor can currently be seen in the Ghostbusters reboot, just one year removed from his co-starring role in the Vacation reboot. And who could forget about his commie-hunting turn in the 2012 Red Dawn reboot? In fact, Hemsworth's first-ever film role was also a reboot, and a pretty notable one as well. He portrayed Captain George Kirk, Captain James T. Kirk's father, in 2009's Star Trek. His voice is then heard briefly in a flashback (though he's not seen) in the film's sequel, Star Trek: Into Darkness. So it's no wonder if fans are wondering if Hemsworth as Kirk is in Star Trek Beyond, the newest film in the series.
Sadly, Hemsworth does not appear in Star Trek Beyond. After Ghostbusters, the actor's next scheduled film is Thor: Ragnarok, which is currently filming and is due for release on November 3, 2017. However, it was reported on July 18 that Hemsworth will be reprising his role as George Kirk in the just announced sequel to Star Trek Beyond. Not only will he appear in the fourth film of the rebooted Star Trek series, but he'll also play a much larger role than previously. Here's the official statement from Paramount Pictures:
In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine's Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.
That sure makes it sound like Hemsworth will be starring in the next Star Trek film, rather than just settling for a cameo. It remains to be seen just how the two Captain Kirks will cross paths, given that George died literally right when James was born. However, the reboot series hasn't shied away from time travel — Star Trek and Into Darkness both featured an older version of Spock from an alternate dimension — so I'm guessing they'll figure out a way to get the two characters together in a manner that makes sense.
So fear not, George Kirk fans. Even though Chris Hemsworth does not appear in Star Trek Beyond, he will be returning to the franchise in the following film, where he'll have a bigger impact on the series than ever before.
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