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Justin Lin Goes From ‘Fast and Furious’ to ‘Star Trek 3’

Filmmaker Justin Lin has been tapped to direct Star Trek 3, according to an exclusive release from Deadline Hollywood.

Star Trek 3 also features actor John Cho as a young Hikaru Sulu, and is expected to be released by Paramount in 2016, in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the original Star Trek television series.

Lin is best known for directing four of the Fast & Furious films, which grossed $1.9 billion worldwide. But he's also known for Better Luck Tomorrow, one of the few all-Asian-American film projects to reach prominence on the mainstream market, and which introduced actors John Cho, Sung Kang, and Parry Shen to national audiences. Lin is also one of the founders of the Asian-American blog and video network, You Offend Me, You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF).

He was reportedly offered the position after both J.J. Abrams and Robert Orci stepped down due to other directing commitments. Lin had been scheduled to direct a sequel to The Bourne Legacy, which was postponed, opening up his schedule. Lin is currently directing the first two episodes of True Detective’s second season for HBO.

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