The Star Trek film series is boldly going into the future, with studio bosses announcing that Star Trek 4 will be directed by a woman, marking the first-such hire in franchise history.

Paramount bosses confirmed at CinemaCon that S.J. Clarkson will serve as director on the as-yet untitled fourth film in the Star Trek franchise, following on from 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

The brief announcement also confirmed that Chris Hemsworth will be central to the new film, after Hemsworth appeared in 2009’s Star Trek as George Kirk, a first officer who perished on-board the doomed USS Kelvin and the father of Chris Pine‘s iconic character James T. KirkZachary Quinto was also confirmed to return to the film for a fourth instalment.

Plot details remain vague at this stage, but speculation suggests that Pine and Quinto, along with the current crew of the Enterprise, encounter the elder Kirk in a story that involves time travel, which would allow the generationally separated Kirks to occupy the same screen space.

Clarkson, for her part, is perhaps best known for her work in TV, where she has numerous directing credits on shows like Dexter, Jessica JonesHeroesUgly BettyHouseand EastEnders.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penned the script for the upcoming movie, after providing uncredited writing work on Star Trek Beyond.

The film does not have a timeline for release at this stage.

Source: Variety