Roberto Orci has been confirmed as the new director for Star Trek 3, according to reports.
The film will mark Orci’s directional debut, having previously worked as a writer and producer on two previous Star Trek films Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
It is unusual for a screenwriter to make a debut on such a large-scale film, and it is unclear yet whether JJ Abrams will serve as a mentor to Orci on the film.
Orci co-wrote the first two Star Trek films with ex-writing partner Alex Kurtzman, who he recently parted ways with to pursue solo projects.
He is currently writing the script to Star Trek 3 with JD Payne and Patrick McKay, and has reportedly been keen to replace Abrams for some time.
His previous writing and producing credits include The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Transformers (2007) and Mission: Impossible III (2006).
Plot details for Star Trek 3 are as yet unknown, but cast members including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to return for the sequel.