Simon Pegg Addresses News of First Female 'Star Trek' Film Director: 'It's Very Welcome'

We learned back in April that British director S.J. Clarkson (Life on Mars, Jessica Jones) will direct the next Star Trek film. She's the first female director to helm a movie in the sci-fi series and we are beyond excited to see what she does with it.

And it seems we're not the only ones. In an interview with, Simon Pegg, who'll reprise his role as transporter operator Montgomery Scott (Scotty) in the fourth film for the rebooted franchise, gave the news the thumbs up: "Oh yeah, that’s just great. I’m thrilled about that, it’s gonna be fantastic. It’s belated, but it’s very welcome."

There was talk of Pegg working on a script with Doug Jung (Star Trek: Beyond), but that, it seems, isn't actually happening: "You know what, I’m not developing the next Star Trek at all. I think that’s a bit of confusion because I’m working on something with Doug at Bad Robot but it’s not the next Trek."

That rumor mill... it's always cranking. But, it's great that we've now got the correct information, straight from the source himself.

He didn't just shut down the misconception; he went above and beyond to speed us up on the real plan: "The script for [installment] four is being written by [J.D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay and then also obviously Quentin [Tarantino] turned up at the office a couple of months ago and said, “Hey, I’ve got an idea!” So that’s in the hope for further down the line. It’s a good time for Star Trek, I think."

Pegg went on to say, "Everyone sort of assumes it’s gonna be like Pulp Fiction in space, but I think his devotion to Trek and his understanding of it… it won’t be ordinary, it’ll have him all over it, but it won’t be anything a Star Trek fan will have to worry about."

Wait, are people really expecting a Pulp Fiction/Star Trek mashup? Probably not, but it did give us a giggle.

There's no set start date for the next Star Trek film, and the title and premiere have yet to be announced.

In the meantime, if you'd like to see more of Pegg, you can look for him in his current film Terminal, a thriller that just released on May 11, also starring Margot Robbie.

Circling back to Clarkson, she's directed episodes of several hit series including, Orange is the New Black (2014), Jessica Jones (2015), Vinyl (2016), Love, Nina (2016) and Collateral (2018).

We're looking forward to seeing her spin on Trek.

Are you already familiar with S.J. Clarkson and her work?