Old news. And to be honest I was actually hoping for a female protagonist. Hope it's true.
The problem with TMP is that it was a plodding, boring, lifeless misguided attempt to take Trek to the big screen. It was a rehash of two separate Star Trek episodes, and it spent 5 minutes of screen time just showing us how pretty the revamped Enterprise was. No dialog, just slow, meandering shots of the ship. It is as if the producers thought that it was enough to simply reunite the cast and give them special effects to react to and story be damned.
If not for WOK the franchise would have died then and there. It was a disappointment to fans, and if the next film had been that bad... we wouldn't be having this conversation.