Star Trek's New Director Is Fast and Furious' Justin Lin

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Deadline's reporting (and The Hollywood Reporter's confirmed) that Paramount's found its replacement for Roberto Orci: Justin Lin, best known for a bunch of the Fast and Furious movies. Oh, and Community's "Modern Warfare."


Lin's name was on the list of five candidates that emerged after rumors that Edgar Wright was being eyed died down. He was going to be directing the second Jeremy Renner-starring Bourne spinoff, but that got pushed off the slate in favor of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass's return to the series. So now he's free and has signed on to direct the third of the rebooted Star Trek films. It even makes sense, since Lin is tied to Orci and Alex Kurtzman through Scorpion, which he directed the pilot of and is a producer on with them. He'll play well within what's been established.

In all honesty, of the names that have been floated, Lin's the one that was the least interesting to me. They did get kind of screwed that Edgar Wright came out as a contender early on, since everyone's reaction to that was so positive. But of the five other names we saw — Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Duncan Jones (Source Code, Moon), and Lin — I had a reaction of "I wonder what their version of Star Trek would look like?" for all of them except Lin because he fits into the established look for the reboot so easily. We'll just have to wait and see.



Can nerds have Star Trek back in a few years, please? Or is it forever action-movied?