Simon Pegg: Roberto Orci Is 'Part of the Star Trek Family'

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The Brit who plays Scotty says J.J. Abrams' expected replacement as director of the franchise reboot has the Trekkie cred to take on the third installment

LONDON — Although Roberto Orci has yet to be officially confirmed as director of Paramount and Skydance's Star Trek 3, Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the rebooted franchise, says that it makes "perfect sense" for the scriptwriter to take over from J.J. Abrams.

Speaking to the BBC, Pegg — who is set to reprise his role as USS Enterprise engineer Montgomery Scott — claimed that Orci was indeed on board as director and that he fully supported the move.

"I'm really happy he's doing it, as it's kept with the family kind of thing; it's not somebody coming in from outside," he said. "He's a good friend. He's very much part of the Star Trek family."

Orci co-wrote the first two films in the rebooted Star Trek franchise but also has writing credits for such hits as Transformers, Mission Impossible III and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He was recently tapped by Lionsgate as executive producer of its upcoming Power Rangers movie. The as-yet-unnamed third Star Trek would be Orci's directorial debut.

"Bob's been there since the first Star Trek — by that I mean the 2009 one — so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a director on this one because he gets it," Pegg told the BBC. "He was always the most Trekkie of all of those guys anyway."

While Paramount hasn't officially named Orci, who has been the frontrunner to helm for several months, this is the second time Pegg has stepped in to add his own apparent confirmation.

Speaking at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas earlier this month, the British actor said: "Bob is going to direct the new film."

He also added that production would begin next year and that he hoped the film's release would coincide with Star Trek's 50th anniversary in 2016.