Last week the Internet was a buzz over the rumor that hinted at the possibility that Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci was writing an on-screen cameo for William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Both Orci and Shatner took to the Twitter-verse to slam the door on that rumor, but over the weekend at Wizard World Nashville Shatner was singing a new tune.
During one of his Wizard World panels Shatner related the story of how the whole Star Trek 3 Cameo went down. It began while Shatner was in Australia and received a call from J.J Abrams. Shatner says Abrams told him:
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.
It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted.
He then went on to explain that Abrams warned him that he couldn’t say anything to anyone about the cameo, to which Shatner said:
J.J. I won’t even tell my wife!
Of course, the Internet being the Internet when Shatner returned from Australia the cameo news was all over the place.
It’s all over the Internet that the director had held an interview and said they want Shatner and Nimoy to be in the next movie. I’ll bet you J.J.’s frothing at the mouth at this point. So the news is out that they have an idea that they want Leonard and myself…they might want Leonard and myself in it. But I would love to do it. But how do you get me fifty years later into the movie? I mean how do you rationalize it. I know it’s science fiction, but even I couldn’t come up with an idea. So that’s the news on that.
Here’s the video clip from the panel:
At this stage it’s just an idea that hasn’t even been put on paper yet, at least according to Orci. Although it would be a great nod to the man who basically fleshed out and created the Kirk role, if the cameo feels forced or out-of-place, then it could do more harm than good.
What I’m really looking forward to is when someone asks Shatner about that denial tweet. My fondest wish is that he look straight into the camera and recreate his Saturday Night Live skit where he says:
That Tweet was of course a recreation of the Evil Captain Kirk seen in episode 37, The Enemy Within.
How do you think Orci can work Old School William Shatner Kirk back into the new franchise?