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Roberto Orci Will Direct Star Trek 3

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 19:  Producer Roberto Orci attends the 2014 PaleyFest presentaion of "Sleepy Hollow" at Dolby Theatre on March 19, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Variety reports that prolific Hollywood scribe Roberto Orci will replace J.J. Abrams as director of the third Star Trek film (or 13th, if you're counting pre-reboot Trek films). This will mark Orci's directorial debut — and yeah, it's a biggie but he has his share of blockbuster experience: Along with longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman, Orci has written some of the biggest films of the last decade, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, two Transformers movies, and the two previous Star Trek films (he's set to co-write the upcoming film as well). Congrats to Orci on finally getting beamed up into the director's chair.

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