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Scotty is trading in engineering for screenwriting: Simon Pegg, who plays the Scottish member of the Enterprise crew, will co-write the script for the upcoming sequel "Star Trek 3."

Pegg is no stranger to screenwriting, penning the scripts for Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy films "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and "The World's End" with the director; he also wrote the script for 2007 comedy "Run Fatboy Run." He's played Scotty in J.J. Abrams's reboot of the "Star Trek" franchise since 2009, most recently reprising the character in 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness." He'll once again play the character in the threequel.

Deadline reports that Pegg will co-write "Star Trek 3" along with Doug Jung, who created TNT series "Dark Blue" and wrote a movie called "Diamond" for "Trek" studio Paramount and production company Bad Robot. The duo has reportedly just begun the writing process, according to Deadline.

Justin Lin ("Fast & Furious") is on board to direct. "Star Trek 3" is currently aiming for a July 8, 2016 release.

[via: Deadline]

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