William Shatner Would Return To ‘Star Trek’ As An Older Captain Kirk | Film News
Whilst he won’t be appearing in 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, William Shatner has confirmed he would be willing to return as Captain Kirk; meaning he could be back on the USS Enterprise in the near future. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Shatner admitted he would “play an old Captain Kirk, absolutely” – the role he played in the Star Trek TV series from 1966 to 1969 and in six films.
Additionally, he revealed his thoughts on how the return should and shouldn’t be handled, explaining the premise would have to be interesting before he’d even consider it; but admitted there’s several possibilities to explore: “You would have [to have] an interesting character, not a cameo, like, ‘Here I am, aren’t I interesting?’ Time goes on — but time bends, as well. There’s so many things you could do”.
When actually thinking about how his character would be handled, Shatner depicted that Kirk wouldn’t have a simple return, but was adamant he would have changed through age: “How would they handle it, in science-fiction terms? I’m older, I’m heavier, I’m — all the problems of age. So what did Captain Kirk do? Die and age? Doesn’t sound science-fiction-y enough. Or maybe you make him really old. I don’t know”.
Will Shatner boldly go where he has gone before? Only time will tell.. See Star Trek Beyond in cinemas on 22 July. Watch the trailer below:
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