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Is William Shatner Returning to Play Captain Kirk?

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Bill “Captain Kirk” Shatner just might be reprising the Star Trek role that made him an American Icon. At least that is what he told attendees at the 2014 Wizard World Nashville Comic Con gathering last Friday.

Speaking there Shatner told fans that he would take a part in the upcoming third installment of the new Star Trek series only if it will be meaningful. He said, “They might want Leonard and myself but I don’t know what to do with it. How do you get me 50 years later into the movie? How do you rationalize it? I know its science fiction, but even I couldn’t come up with an idea. So that’s the news on that.”

Shatner tweeted last week before the convention, “Let’s talk ST. I don’t know anything about the current gossip. Nobody has contacted me. Right now it’s just rhetoric to cause hype.”

The 83 year old actor famously groused at being replaced by a younger actor in the reboot of the Star Trek franchise which began with 2009’s new Star Trek movie. He also complained that he was not granted so much as a cameo in the film; even though, his former co-star and lifelong buddy Leonard Nimoy was invited to play an older Spock who was brought back in a convoluted time travel plot.

J.J. Abrams who revived Star Trek and directed the two new films has gone on record as saying that the storyline of the first new film just left no room for a Shatner appearance, especially since Shatner, he said, demanded a starring role. Abrams also pointed out that Captain Kirk was killed off in 1994’s Star Trek Generations but Spock never met the same fate in the series.

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