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'Star Trek 3': Simon Pegg To Co-Write New Film With Doug Jung

22/01/2015 11:39 GMT | Updated 22/01/2015 11:59 GMT
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Cast member Simon Pegg arrives at the premiere of "Star Trek" in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 30, 2009. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Movie mega-geek Simon Pegg has reportedly been awarded the honour of co-authoring the next 'Star Trek' film.

In addition to reprising his role as Scotty, Simon will pen the next installment of the sci-fi franchise alongside 'Dark Blue' co-creator Doug Jung, reports Deadline.

The news comes shortly after the announcement of 'Fast And Furious 6' director Justin Lin taking JJ Abrams' place, with Pegg and Jung being drafted to fill ex-writer Roberto Orci's shoes.

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Zachary Quinto, JJ Abrams, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Chris Pine

Fans will be holding high hopes for Simon's screenplay, expecting it to be akin to films he previously penned, such as 'Shaun Of The Dead' or 'The World's End'.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, John Cho and Zoe Saldana are expected to continue their roles as the crew of the USS Enterprise, while former director JJ Abrams will be listed as a producer this time around, due to his 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' commitments.

'Star Trek 3' is scheduled for release on 8 July 2016, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise.

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