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‘Star Trek': William Shatner Would ‘Absolutely’ Play an Older Captain Kirk if Given the Chance

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“Star Trek” star William Shatner — who played Captain Kirk in the original series — shared he’d return to the franchise as an older Captain Kirk, so long as it was an interesting role.

“I would play an old Captain Kirk, absolutely,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “You would have [to have] an interesting character, not a cameo, like ‘Here I am, aren’t I interesting?’ It’s the ongoing world, it’s the world within science-fiction. Yes, you age within the universe. Time goes on, but time bends, as well. There’s so many things you could do.”

Shatner almost appeared in 2009’s “Star Trek,” getting so far as a meeting with director J.J. Abrams, but the cameo didn’t end up happening. “How would they handle it, in science-fiction terms?” he asked. “I’m older, I’m heavier, I’m — all the problems of age. So what did Captain Kirk do? Die and age? Doesn’t sound science-fictiony enough. Or maybe you make him really old. I don’t know. It seems to have beggared Abrams’ imagination.”

Directed by Justin Lin from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, “Star Trek Beyond” — the next installment in the “Star Trek” franchise — stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba. The film opens July 22.

Comments

  • Brendan Rowland

    Why do people forget this is a new timeline and in this timeline James T Kirk did not die he lived to old age as a wish old Admiral James T Kirk he came back from the future to save who ever or what ever now just bring William Shatner back.

  • Brendan Rowland

    Why do people forget this is a new timeline and in this timeline James T Kirk did not die he lived to old age as a wish old Admiral James T Kirk he came back from the future to save who ever or what ever now just bring William Shatner back.

  • Dan

    That’s funny. Shatner POINT BLANK said NO to Kevin Smith on last season’s Comic Book Men.

  • Douglass Abramson

    His horse farm in KY and his show horses cost a lot to maintain. He’s stirring the pot and hopping a paycheck floats to the surface.

  • German Maestri

    Your comment makes no sense at all, I can´t understand a word of what you just said. Learn to use punctuation marks

  • kilgoretrout56

    I could see Shatner back as Kirk. No one wants to die young and no one wants to get old… He’d be perfect against Chris Pine. That could be worked into a nice sub-story line. l love the new crew but lets face it, what is Star Trek without 1966 Captain Kirk?

  • The Dread Pirate Steve #812

    Who would want Shatner back in the first place? Anything deeper than Bones’s cameo in the NTG pilot would be a bad thing…

  • Ingen1701

    I have absolutely no interest in seeing Shatner play and old man who cannot give up his glory days. I mean no disrespect, but the original series Trek, from the 1960’s quite frankly, without Kelly and Nimoy, is like Niagara Falls without water. And besides, Shatner’s Kirk bit the dust and went out in Generations after his run in with the Nexus. He needs to let go.

  • Hadrian Mosley

    Grow up.

  • Ben Phillips

    Nope.

  • Ben Phillips

    Isn’t that the point of this $#!+? to NOT grow up? HAHAHA, f**king nerds!

  • Paul M.

    They should have re-did the episode where the entire cast aged instantly and made it into an entire movie. Did it when they were all still alive. Shatner playing Kirk now without the rest of the crew would be reaching very far! Using the younger clones of the original Star Trek characters and throwing Kirk into that I would NEVER watch that crap. It’s already a blatant rip off of the original series with all this time traveling crap to bring back old characters, it’s been done and done and done over again already!

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  • Joe Stuber

    Old news. Talked about it with Shatner almost a year ago on my podcast, Comic Book Central: http://traffic.libsyn.com/comicbookcentral/CBC_Ep_67_William_Shatner.mp3

  • Joe Stuber

    Old news. Talked about it with Shatner almost a year ago on my podcast, Comic Book Central: http://traffic.libsyn.com/comicbookcentral/CBC_Ep_67_William_Shatner.mp3

  • Joe Stuber

    But said “yes” to me on Comic Book Central…and we came up with a cool way to appear!

    http://traffic.libsyn.com/comicbookcentral/CBC_Ep_67_William_Shatner.mp3