Further to the report a few days ago that William Shatner AKA Captain Kirk AKA The Shat might be appearing in Star Trek III, it now seems that the actor – who previously said he wasn’t contacted (here) – has now been contacted. First Contact, then. Sorry, little Trek humour, there.
ComicBook.com are reporting that Shatner says that producer J.J. Abrams called him directly about the sequel, saying: “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.”
Shatner alleges that he told Abrams: “It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted.”
He continues: “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.”
So, would the return of Kirk Prime be a good thing, bad thing or a who cares thing?