Simon Pegg Will Co-Write Star Trek 3 With Doug Jung

Star Trek 3 has had its fair share of changes over the last few months, with Roberto Orci originally taking over the director’s chair after J.J. Abrams left to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, only to have the news break that he too stepped out of the roleFast & Furious director Justin Lin is now leading the picture, but he won’t be using the script Orci and his co-writers, Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, put together. Deadline reports that the thirteenth Trek movie will now be written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.

Everyone knows that Pegg is not new to writing movies, having penned hits like Shaun of the DeadHot FuzzThe World’s End, and Spaced, but it’s his nerd-cred that really has us excited about the future of the franchise. Not only has Pegg played Scotty in the last two Trek movies, but he also has a deep understanding of the spirit of Star Trek that Gene Roddenberry always envisioned. There’s really no better way to ring in the franchise’s 50th anniversary than by having someone with that sort of vision behind it. Jung is best known for writing Dark Blue, a TNT undercover cop show. He has fewer credits to his name, but has worked with Bad Robot before.

Not much is known about the direction of the next Star Trek film beyond the fact that it takes place after the start of the Enterprises five-year mission. Orci had plans to keep the film in deep space, giving us new alien species and conflicts that focus less on the human race, but it’s uncertain whether Pegg and Jung will stick to those plans. Either way, the duo has to work fast to get the script ready for pre-production since the film is slated to start principle photography in April, with a planned release for July 8, 2016.

All we know is that we’re crazy excited to see the movie in Pegg’s capable hands! Are you guys excited to see Simon Pegg take over as writer? Let us know in the comments!