Paramount and Skydance Productions have confirmed rumours that Roberto Orci will be replacing J.J. Abrams as director on the next film in the Star Trek franchise.
Orci is currently writing the script with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Orci was apparently campaigning to replace Abrams as director for a while, as Abrams is busy directing the new Star Wars movie. Abrams will stay on as producer for Star Trek 3.
None of the cast, which includes Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who are expected to be returning, know anything about the plot for the next instalment.
Variety reports that Orci and directing partner Alex Kurtzman will be going separate ways, as they both want to direct more projects and that will be better done if they split. Their production company will remain intact.
The Doctor Who star has been cast in the reboot alongside Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke. Paramount says that Smith will play “a new character with a strong connection to John Connor.”
Paramount and Skydance Productions announced Smith’s addition to the cast this morning via Twitter: “We don’t have a TARDIS, but we do have a Timelord: we’re pleased to welcome Matt Smith to the cast of #Terminator.”
The movie is to be released in July 2015 and is directed by Alan Taylor, who also directed Thor.
Since Smith’s departure from BBC drama Doctor Who – in which he is succeeded in the role of the Doctor by Peter Capaldi – he has been on stage in London performing American Psycho, and will be seen on the big screen in the Ryan Gosling directed Lost River, with a North American release date to be announced.
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Source: BBC News