The director of four entries in the Fast And Furious franchise will take the reins on the third episode in the sci-fi series and replaces Roberto Orci.

Lin directed The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6.

Orci left Star Trek 3 - due out in 2016 - earlier this month although he stays on as producer.

He wrote the first two Star Trek films, which JJ Abrams directed and amassed more than $852m worldwide through Paramount.