Star Trek 3: Roberto Orci replaces JJ Abrams as director

The Star Wars director will be passing the baton on to his former producer when the rebooted franchise returns for a third instalment

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JJ Abrams is officially handing over the reins of his Star Trek franchise. 

The Lost creator won't be hopping back on his director's chair for Star Trek 3, presumably because he'll be too busy in a galaxy far, far away. 

Roberto Orci, who worked alongside JJ Abrams as a producer on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, will be at the helm of the next Star Trek flick instead, reports Variety.  

But Abrams, who is currently directing the much-anticipated next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, will still be on board to produce the third film.  

Star Trek 3 is currently being written by Orci, alongside JD Payne and Patrick McKay. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but cast members Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to return. 

The film will be 40-year-old Orci's first foray into directing, though the Mexico City-born filmmaker has produced a number of blockbusters, including Ender's Game and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

JJ Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise in 2009. Star Trek 3 will be the third in the new series, but the 13th Star Trek feature film overall since the first was released in 1979.