Pine’s want to return to Star Trek 4 comes as a shock considering the nature of his initial departure, but it’s a welcome surprise. While the modern Star Trek movies were polarizing amongst the franchise’s longtime fans, the cast earned widespread acclaim for making iconic roles their own.
Many viewers would probably enjoy seeing Pine reprise Captain Kirk again, and it’ll be interesting to see if he gets that chance. It’s possible the next Star Trek movie will not feature the Kelvin Timeline cast, meaning Pine wouldn’t be back. Whether or not Pine returns depends on what Paramount wants to do, but it’s encouraging he’s open to coming back
Appearing on the podcast Things Are Going Great For Me, Pine expressed his interest in coming back to the franchise. He admitted he doesn’t know much about how Star Trek 4 is coming along, but would be up for reprising Kirk:
“I’m like the last person to find anything out…I know that Paramount is coming out of having restructured a bit and kind of a major corporate restructuring. So hopefully when all that dust settles, something concrete will come out of it and we’ll get to work. I’d love to do it.”