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'Next Generation' Star Wants to Direct 'Star Trek 3'

'Next Generation' Star Wants to Direct 'Star Trek 3'

Less than one week after Roberto Orci backed away from directing Star Trek 3, Paramount is still searching for a replacement, and at least one filmmaker is campaigning for the job. Jonathan Frakes, best known to Trekkies as Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, revealed that he is aggressively pursuing the project. Aside from playing Riker, Jonathan Frakes is also an accomplished director, helming the features Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.

There is even a movement on Twitter to bring him on board, with the hashtag #BringInRiker. While he admitted that it's a "longshot" that he gets the job, the filmmaker revealed in an interview with Komo News that he has reached out to producer J.J. Abrams, while his agent has gotten in touch with Paramount Pictures. Here's what

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