The Man Directing Upcoming Star Trek Sequel Has Game of Thrones, WandaVision Ties

New Star Trek Film Release Delayed 6 Months
Sep 19, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Matt Shakman arrives at the 73rd Emmy Awards at L.A. Live. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

When Star Trek rolls out its next round of sequels, a man familiar with stardom will be at the helm.

Matt Shakman, who previously directed television episodes of Game of Thrones, WandaVision, Billions, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among others, will direct the untitled 2023 installment of the Star Trek film franchise.

Production is reportedly slated to start in spring of 2022 with eyes on June of 2023 for a theatrical release date. A thirst exists for the next Trek film because fans have been movie-less with the franchise for five years. The final film to date was Star Trek: Beyond, which earned a stellar 86% score from Rotten Tomatoes in 2016.

Little is known about the plot or cast for the 2023 project, aside from the working theory the next batch of films will entail new blood from actors and actresses.

For his Game of Thrones pedigree, Shakman directed two episodes of the storied series. Most notably, he was the creative brain behind The Spoils of War from Season 7. You remember the one:

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Shakman, 46, was a child actor in shows like The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, and Webster. He’s also a Yale alumnus.

In light of the five-year hiatus, anyone trusted with the Trek film franchise has sizable shoes to fill, particularly when men like Quentin Tarantino were rumored to have interest in direction. But if Shakman can handle HBO and Marvel, he should do an effective job with this vein of science fiction.

Shakman has been nominated for three Emmy awards, two for WandaVision and one for a television series called The Great.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. His odyssey with Star Trek starts from beginning to finish, watching ‘The Original Series,’ all the way to the present day. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).