It looks like William Shatner could soon be back at the helm of the USS Enterprise.
Shatner played starship Captain James T Kirk in the original TV series of Star Trek and the accompanying films before Chris Pine took over the role for the film reboot created by JJ Abrams – but after initially quashing rumours that he could return, Shatner is now back in the frame.
There were murmurings last week that Shatner’s Kirk and Leonard Nimoy’s Spock might be set for a big-screen reunion in Star Trek 3, which naturally got fans excited – but that hope seemed over when Shatner took to Twitter to deny the rumours.
Sad times – but curiously, writer/director Roberto Orci was less definite in his denials.
And then at the Wizard World Nashville convention this weekend, the former Captain Kirk admitted that the rumours were in fact true. According to Shatner, JJ Abrams (who directed the first of the rebooted Star Trek films, and is producing the third), said “I’m calling because the director of Star Trek, the next movie, has had an idea where you might be involved, so I’m calling to find out whether you would be interested”.
To which Shatner responded: “It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted”.
There were originally plans for Shatner to appear in a cameo of sorts (as a recording) in the first Star Trek reboot – however, the star reputedly refused because he wanted to share Nimoy’s larger role, and not be relegated to a small part.
The main issue with his inclusion in that film was that Kirk was killed off in 1994’s Star Trek: Generations, which is presumably an issue that will have to be addressed for any kind of appearance in Star Trek 3.
At Wizard World, Shatner himself raised questions about his character’s future inclusion. “How do you get me fifty years later into the movie? I mean how do you rationalise it. I know it’s science fiction, but even I couldn’t come up with an idea.”
Still, he was definite that he was onboard, saying that “I would love to do it.”
Whatever happens, we bet you’re all excited, right?
Star Trek 3 is due to be released in 2016