Roberto Orci will direct "Star Trek 3," according to Variety.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions made the decision after Orci aggressively lobbied for the job. He will make his directorial debut, replacing director J.J. Abrams, who departed to helm Disney’s "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Orci's inexperience had prompted Paramount to approach an agreement with caution, but Abrams' and Skydance's support for his bid apparently paid off.
One key strength Orci brings to the director's chair is his long career as a producer and writer, especially on the first two Star Trek films and such large-scale productions as "Transformers" and "The Amazing Spider-Man."
In addition, Orci is already scripting "Star Trek 3" along with co-writers Patrick McKay and John D. Payne ("Boilerplate"). Plot details remain unknown.
Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote “Star Trek” and “Into Darkness,” is not returning, and he and Orci recently concluded their long-running writing partnership. They are reportedly looking to direct more films, and working solo would help facilitate that.
Orci was the second candidate to receive the spotlight as a potential "Star Trek 3" director. Joe Cornish, who directed 2011's “Attack the Block" and co-wrote Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man,” was an early favorite for the job before a deal stalled.
"Star Trek 3," which Abrams will produce along with Bryan Burke, is expected to lens later this year to meet a 2016 release in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary.