Chris Pine would 'love' to star as Kirk in Star Trek 4

Captain, my captain: The actor's just waiting for a phone call so he can boldly go where he's already gone before.

Gael Cooper
CNET editor Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." She's been a journalist since 1989, working at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Sidewalk, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and NBC News Digital. She's Gen X in birthdate, word and deed. If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Expertise Breaking news, entertainment, lifestyle, travel, food, shopping and deals, product reviews, money and finance, video games, pets, history, books, technology history, and generational studies Credentials
  • Co-author of two Gen X pop-culture encyclopedia for Penguin Books. Won "Headline Writer of the Year"​ award for 2017, 2014 and 2013 from the American Copy Editors Society. Won first place in headline writing from the 2013 Society for Features Journalism.
Gael Cooper

Chris Pine would love to return to the space, the final frontier.

Paramount Pictures

There can't be a new Star Trek movie without Captain Kirk, right?

Actor Chris Pine, who's played the swashbuckling young Kirk in three movies so far, told Variety on Thursday that he'd "love" to return to the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. 

"I would love to be involved and we will see what happens," Pine said about the film. "I'll await the phone call. Until then, I look forward to it."

In August, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who played Kirk's father in the 2009 Star Trek film, might not rejoin the series due to contract problems. Although Hemsworth's senior Kirk was killed off in the 2009 film, he is believed to be returning to the as-yet-untitled Star Trek 4 via time-travel. 

A release date has yet to be announced for Star Trek 4.

Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit

See all photos