William Shatner Confirms He May Have a Role in Star Trek 3
by Justin Cook
William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk from the 1966 Star Trek series, has confirmed that he may make his return to the franchise in the upcoming third installment of the rebooted Star Trek film series.
Among fans of the original Star Trek TV show, Shatner is a legend. Captain Kirk is widely considered one of the most iconic TV characters of all time, and if Shatner were to reprise his role for the upcoming film it would certainly attract a lot of attention from old and new Trekkies alike.
Shatner explains a call he got from JJ Abrams about the next film: “He said, ‘I’m calling, Bill, 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’d be interested.’ I said, ‘Well, you know, if it’s meaningful.’”
He also said, “So the news is out that they have an idea that they want Leonard and myself—they might want Leonard (Nimoy) and myself.”
Production for a new Star Trek film has been a little shaky, especially considering that many fans lost interest in the film once director of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams, left the project. Abrams’ departure was mainly because he was already busy directing Star Wars Episode VII. However, he is still set to produce the next film.
With JJ Abrams not set to return to direct the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise, screenwriter of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Robeto Orci, agreed to helm the project. Ever since, fans have been skeptical whether the next Star Trek film could live up to the standards of the previous two.
Many are split on the idea of Shatner returning to the franchise, as the majority of people are still unsure what to make of Leonard Nimoy’s reprisal of his role as Spock in the previous two Star Trek movies.
Stars of the movie, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, are confirmed for at least one more film, so whether we like it or not, we will be seeing another Star Trek movie in 2016.
Quote Source: Entertainment Weekly