Director Justin Lin revealed the title of “Star Trek 3” on Monday in a tweet that would have made even the most die-hard Trekkies proud.
Lin’s hashtag #LLAP is a tribute to iconic actor Leonard Nimoy and Spock’s legendary catchphrase, “Live long and prosper.” Nimoy died in February after a bout with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 83.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 29, 2015
Stars Chris Pine (as Captain Kirk), Zachary Quinto (as Spock), Zoe Saldana (as Uhura) and Simon Pegg (as Scotty) are all returning for the third installment, with Idris Elba believed to be joining the cast as a villain.
“Fast & Furious” director Lin took over from Roberto Orci on the sci-fi sequel last year.
Paramount aims to release the film in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original “Star Trek” TV series.
“Star Trek Beyond” will hit theaters on July 8, 2016.