“He emailed me before the news broke saying: ‘Hey man, I might be doing this, shall we nerd out?,’ said Pegg who plays Montgomery “Scotty” Scott.”
“He’s a good friend, he’s very much part of the Star Trek family,” he added.
Orci’s writing credits include: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Island. One of the creators of Fringe and Sleepy Hollow.
Roberto Orci is currently working on the screenplay for Star Trek 3 along with JD Payne and Patrick McKay.
“I’m really happy he’s doing it as it’s kept within the family kind of thing, it’s not somebody coming in from outside,” said Pegg
“Bob’s been there since the first Star Trek – by that I mean the 2009 one – so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a director on this one because he gets it.”
“He was always the most Trekkie of all of those guys anyway, he’s always understood the story the best so it’s great that he’s going to be involved in the writing and directing.”
Pegg added Abrams will continue to be involved, not least because his production company, Bad Robot, is making the film. “I don’t think JJ would be able to let it completely go because that’s not in his nature,” he added.