We’re just a few weeks away from the 8th anniversary of the release of Star Trek Furtherthe third entry in the Kelvin timeline of Star Trek films starring Chris Pine as James T. Kirk. Paramount continues to say they’re committed to a sequel, and now the star is starting to wonder how he’ll deal with the fact that he’s not getting any younger.

Pine tree curious about Star Trek 4

Over the past few years, since he recommitted to return as James T. Kirk for a fourth Star Trek film, actor Chris Pine has frequently expressed his excitement for the return, as well as some frustrations. His latest comments came from a recent appearance at ACE Superhero Comic in San Antonio, TX. Pine acknowledged the well-reported ups and downs of the Past sequel has gone through over the past decade (via PopVerse), stating, “As for the next phase of (Star Trek), you’re all obviously fans, so I’m sure you’ve read it.”

Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek Further

The actor then said that he and his co-stars are ready to return to the Enterprise, but wondered how the film would deal with him getting older. He said:

“We all really like each other. I’m good friends with everyone I’ve worked with. We have a great time. I’m a lot older now, so I’m excited to see where that next story takes us in terms of what it would be and what we’ve said in the press.”

Pine, now 43, was 29 when he first appeared as James T. Kirk in the 2009 film. Star Trek film. Last year, the actor said he hoped to do “many more” movies as Kirk, saying it would be “super cool” to play the same character over the course of his career. Original Kirk actor William Shatner was 35 when the Star Trek television show premiered and he was 63 when he last appeared as the character in the 1994 film Star Trek: Generations. Pine is still younger than Shatner was when he played Admiral Kirk in Star Trek: The Movie in 1979. In Star Trek FurtherKirk turned down a promotion to Admiral and was to sail on a new USS Enterprise (NCC 1701-A). If the next film were set a decade later, Kirk and his crew would have completed two 5-year missions.

Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) look up at the new Enterprise in Star Trek Further

Several sequels to Past have been in the works for the past eight years. In March of this year, it was reported that Paramount and producer JJ Abrams had brought in another screenwriter to take a shot at what the studio is now calling the final film for the Kelvin crew. Pine later expressed some frustration with this move, telling Business Insider, “I thought there was already a script, but I guess I was wrong or they decided to roll. As always with ‘Trek,’ I’m just going to wait and see.”

Even as he approaches middle age, Pine still keeps it sharp. He recently shaved off his beard (but kept the ‘moustache’), as seen during an appearance at a fashion event in Milan in mid-June…

The next Star Trek feature film that Paramount is expecting is the “Untitled Star Trek Origin Story,” which Paramount recently confirmed as part of its 2025/2026 schedule. This film is said to feature a new cast. Earlier this year, Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams had AndorToby Haynes is set to direct, from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie). Paramount is also reportedly in talks with producer Simon Kinberg about shepherding the film franchise, starting with that origin movie. This next Star Trek film was mentioned at Paramount Global’s shareholders meeting in June, with co-CEO Brian Robbins saying it was “coming soon” and touting Trek as one of the company’s “billion-dollar brands.”

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