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Zachary Quinto Thinks ‘Five-Year Mission’ Will Be Part of ‘Star Trek 3’

Director Roberto Orci has already promised that the upcoming “Star Trek 3” will head back into deep space and star Zachary Quinto has now teased slightly more about the plot.

Quinto told audiences on Friday at the Television Critics Press Tour that the latest installment of the rebooted franchise will most likely revolve around the five-year mission. As narrated by James T. Kirk in the opening to “Star Trek: The Original Series,” the five-year mission is “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

“I think the five-year mission will be a part of this next film in some way,” Quinto said while promoting his new Starz docuseries “The Chair.” “We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic sci-fi series in entertainment history so it’s inherently an ongoing story. But I do think that we’ll feel some sense of evolution in these characters that’s been building through the first few films.”

The mission was an assignment given to Starfleet starships to explore uncharted space in the original series.

Quinto, who plays Spock in the franchise, also described new helmer Orci as a Trekkie purist.

“Bob (Orci) is definitely sort of a purist about the ‘Trek’ universe so I’ve spoken to him a number of times about his ideas and they’re really exciting and I’m really excited that we get to be a part of his feature directorial debut,” he said. “It’ll be a different world without J.J. (Abrams) on set every day, but this is a family and Bob is an essential part of that family and we’re all really excited to see where it goes. … The script is being tightened and polished and finished, and I imagine that the phone will be ringing in the next few months to see when we’ll go back into production.”

The sequel marks Orci’s directorial debut. Orci, who co-wrote the first two movies, will also help pen “Star Trek 3.” He co-wrote “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and the first two “Transformers” movies. Abrams will produce this third installment after directing the first two films.

“Star Trek 3” is set to hit theaters in 2016.

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