In April, it was announced that S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Orange Is The New Black) would be the first female director to helm a Star Trek film. Now, with production set to begin in early 2019, she’s turned her attention to filling out the cast, including two new female characters set to take on major supporting roles.
We’ve learned that Clarkson, working off a script from the team of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, is in the early stages of identifying 2 actresses, both 45-60, for the film’s main antagonist and an additional female hero. Clarkson is said to be interested in A-listers for the parts, though at this point it is not believed there are any favorites for the role. We were told that Clarkson held Tilda Swinton as the ideal actress for the villain, though Swinton will NOT be in the film. While she’s just outside the age range, it’s likely that Danai Gurira, who was recently revealed to be in early negotiations for an undisclosed role in the film, will be filling one of these two roles.
Star Trek 4 is set to reunite Captain James T. Kirk with his father, George Kirk, played by Chris Hemsworth. The tagline for the film reads, “Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never got to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.” Stay tuned to That Hashtag Show for more on this story as it develops.