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The third Star Trek film is due to hit theaters in 2016 and Simon Pegg’s reps have confirmed that he is writing the script along with Doug Jung. Pegg appeared in the first two movies as Scotty and will also be back in the role.

See Also: “Star Trek 3? Gets A Release Date And Director Justin Lin

Pegg takes over after two prior writers walked away. J.J. Abrams left to helm Star Wars while Roberto Orci reportedly left over studio concerns with his script. As we’ve noted in the past, Orci will still be involved with the movie as a producer.

See the tweet after the break…

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Justin Lin, director of several Fast and Furious films and season 2 of True Detective, has been chosen as the director of Star Trek 3. He replaces Roberto Orci who will stay on to produce the film which is set to be in theaters on July 8, 2016.

His choice for the job makes a lot of sense seeing as he managed to breathe new life into the Fast and Furious franchise after 2 Fast 2 Furious left fans cold. He’s being handed Star Trek midstream to see if he can do the same thing again.

Fans pretty much loved the first film, but the second Star Trek film was less well-received. Now Lin has the job of making the third film spectacular, just in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.

(Deadline via /Film)

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Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3. You probably aren’t all that broken up about it. However, he explained a little about his departure over on TrekMovie saying that he will remain “very involved” and is excited about the movie.  He also refuted that he was let go over issues he had over a Vulcan time travel plotline saying that, “No time travel was ever considered, fyi.”

As for his replacement, Jonathan Frakes has said that’s he’s absolutely up for the job. He told KOMO News:

I’m all over it. I’m all over it […] I would love that job… I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it. I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better.

Apparently, he’s even spoken with Abrams and his agent has spoken to Paramount about getting him on the film. What do you think about Commander Ryker taking the job? Would you prefer that a director like Edgar Wright (who is rumored to be in the running) take the helm?

If you’re down with Riker,  you can get in on the #BringInRiker campaign that’s currently going strong on Twitter.

(io9 and Blastr via The Mary Sue)

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Cartoonist and writer Neil Cameron has created these glorious mashups of characters from the show Parks and Recreation as the crew of the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. He told Mashable:

“All I know for sure is that ever since [the conversation], the image of Ron Swanson dressed up as Riker with his leg up on a chair has been burned into my brain, and I finally had to get it out.”

Ron Swanson makes for an awesome Commander Riker while Leslie Knope is his Captain Picard. Where’s Wesley Crusher? Wil Wheaton wondered that, too, and he even tweeted his request to get Wesley added to group.

See more pictures and Wheaton’s tweet after the break.

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Not done with your holiday shopping yet? No worries. If you have a sci-fi fan in the family they are sure to love some of the unique gifts we’ve compiled after the break…

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If you’ve ever longed for a communicator badge like the ones worn by characters in Star Trek, then OnBeep has a product for you called Onyx. They’ve made what is essentially a small, clip-on walkie talkie that you can wear near your face instead of attaching to a pocket on your pants. You need a smart phone or mobile device with bluetooth and data access to run Onyx, and the lightweight gadget (just over 1.5 ounces) operates with a light touch. You just have to find the right place to clip it onto your shirt.

The first production run should get to customers in December.

See more photos and the launch video after the break.

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes. Benedict Cumberbatch also played Khan in the most recent Star Trek film. Now here he is in a tweet posted by Behind the Scenes, playing Sherlock and looking at a poster of himself playing Khan. It’s so meta, your brain might explode.

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First Volkswagen made that awesome Super Bowl commercial featuring a mini Darth Vader practicing his Force powers, and now they’re doing a little something for Star Trek fans.

In this commercial, William Shatner moves into young Star Trek fan Owen Jonas’ neighborhood and they both meet up with Leonard Nimoy.

In both cases, they’ve focused on the fan and, by doing so, they’ve taken all the fans watching along for the ride.

Even better than the commercial is the behind the scenes video. It has Shatner checking out Owen’s Trek collection and it’s just awesome.

You can see both videos after the break.

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Rumors started swirling last week that William Shatner had been approached by director Roberto Orci to appear in Star Trek 3 along with Leonard Nimoy. Those rumors got a flat out denial from Shatner and Orci replied that he could neither confirm or deny the rumors.

However, William Shatner appeared at Wizard World Nashville and thought the “will he or won’t he” news had been basically announced thanks to the rumor and he was free to talk about it. So, he talked about it.

You can find out what he said thanks to Trek Movie. A transcript and video await after the break…

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William Shatner originally had a cameo in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, but the cameo was cut and Shatner hasn’t been a part of the new series. That could change because Star Trek 3 director Robert Orci wants to get Shatner and Leonard Nimoy together again as Kirk and Spock.

According to BadAssDigest, the new script calls for the reunion, which would mark the first time the two have appeared together in their iconic roles since Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country back in 1991.

The question is whether or not Shatner would be up for the roll after being very vocal about his displeasure with Abrams for not including him in the first two films. He accused Abrams of “being a pig” about it all, though he did eventually apologize for his comments. As for Abrams, he told Playboy:

I haven’t spoken with him in a long time, but I did read something where he gave me a fantastic underhanded compliment. Something like our movie was a fun action ride and maybe one day it’ll have heart. A great compliment only to pull the rug out in a way that only Shatner can do. I adore him.

Seems like Abrams is over the whole thing, but we’ll have to wait and see if Shatner is on board (and if Orci can actually find a way to make the scene happen).

(via /Film)