Star Trek
The crew of J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek rebootParamount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has selected Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to helm the third in the rebooted Star Trek series.

Writer and producer Roberto Orci was once set to direct the feature, but has apparently given way to a bigger name. A shortlist revealed last week featured Lin but claimed Rise of the Planet of the Apes man Rupert Wyatt was the studio's number one choice.

Whatever happened, Lin is now their man, and it is news that will worry some Trek fans who already didn't like the last two rebooted films' focus on action and now see the third film being directed by the man behind Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6.

Lin was set to direct a Bourne Legacy sequel with Jeremy Renner for 2016 but that will likely clash with the sci-fi franchise which hopes to return that same year to celebrate the series' 50th anniversary.

The Enterprise's crew is expected to return, including Chris Pine as Captain James T Kirk, Zachery Quinto as Spock, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin round off the principle cast.

Roberto Orci wrote the script with Patrick McKay and will produce with previous series director JJ Abrams, who is of course off making Star Wars: The Force Awakens for release next year.