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Abrams to Direct Star Trek XI

After months of “will he, won’t he” discussions, Director J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct the next Star Trek installment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is scheduled for a Christmas 2008 release. It’s the first ‘Trek‘ feature since Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.

No new details relating to the film’s story have been released, all that is known is the film revolves around a young James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock during their time at Starfleet Academy and their first space mission together.

Continuing on that front, IGN reported on casting rumors. The site reports that Oscar winner Matt Damon is in talks with Paramount about playing the role of James T. Kirk.

IGN also noted that Paramount is in talks with Oscar winner Adrien Brody (King Kong) to play Mr. Spock and Gary Sinise (CSI: NY) to portray the character of Dr. McCoy.

And lastly, the site reports that Paramount may be interested in casting Daniel Dae Kim (Lost) as Lt. Sulu, though this casting is not as far along as the other three and that sources are also telling them that James McAvoy is still in the running to play Montgomery “Scotty” Scott.

Sources: [Hollywood Reporter]Abrams takes helm of ‘Star Trek’ & [IGN] Star Trek XI Casting Scoop!