‘Fast And The Furious’ director Justin Lin to take over from JJ Abrams on ‘Star Trek 3’

'Star Trek 3' is expected to arrive in 2016 to mark the sci-fi franchise's 50th anniversary

The Fast And The Furious director Justin Lin has reportedly been lined up to take over from JJ Abrams on Star Trek 3.

Abrams sat behind the camera for 2009’s Star Trek and last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, but after the Lost creator was hired to direct the new Star Wars movie, Roberto Orci was lined up to replace him. Orci served as a producer on Abrams’ two Star Trek films and co-wrote both scripts, but Star Trek 3 would have marked his directorial debut.

However, Orci has recently confirmed he will serve solely as a producer on Star Trek 3 and Paramount Pictures has been on the hunt for a new director – with four top names recently said to be in the running. According to Deadline, Lin has now been hired, and was the only director to have been offered the job by Paramount.

Lin, 43, is best known for directing the four most recent films in The Fast and the Furious franchise. However, he chose not to return for the next instalment, Fast 7, due next year, and has been replaced by Insidious director James Wan.

Star Trek 3 has no official release date or title yet but is expected to be released in 2016 to coincide with the sci-fi franchise’s 50th anniversary.