It is no secret that the previous two Star Trek reboot films have had their share of fan service, to varying degrees of success, but one could argue that the highlight of the films came with the return of Leonard Nimoy’s Spock Prime connecting the two timelines. Since the start of filming of the third movie in the franchise, Star Trek: Beyond, rumors have been floating around that we may get to see William Shatner return to the role that made him famous as Kirk Prime, but now that filming is over, things have been mysteriously quiet. So will we finally get to see Shatner return to Trek? Well, SFX Magazine caught up to the actor to get the final word straight from the horses mouth.
After much speculation about J.J. Abrams approaching Shatner to appear in the movie, the actor was rather blunt in his answer.
“There was never a conversation.”
Fans have been vocal in their demands to see Kirk Prime return to Trek, and with Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary this year to be marked with the release of Beyond, many thought the time was ripe. However, fans have yet to accept the idea of a Kirk-less Trek, citing the past lies told by cast and crew to keep plot points secret.
Shatner hasn’t played the role since 1994’s Star Trek: Generations where he was killed off by Malcolm McDowell’s Doctor Soren and Shatner has been vocal about the possibility of returning to the franchise.
“It would have been interesting to see what their fertile imaginations could have done with somebody who is 20 years older than when Captain Kirk died [in Star Trek Generations] and how they would have explained the difference in appearance. But that never came up. I’m sure they must have thought of it one time or another but I never had a substantial conversation about replaying the role.”
So what do you think? Is Star Trek better off sticking with the new cast or is it about time to see Kirk back on the bridge? Let us know what you think in the comments!