When production began on JJ Abrams‘ first Star Trek film, a big brew-ha-ha, (well least on the Internet) started over the fact that Abrams would not give William Shatner a cameo in the movie. Shatner is most famous for playing the part of the original Captain James T. Kirk, a role now portrayed by young actor Chris Pine. Abrams claimed because Shatner's Kirk was killed off in the previous Star Trek movie 'Generations,' it was not feasible to included Shatner in his movie. This angered many long-time Star Trek fans as well as Shatner himself, at least according to multiple Internet reports at the time.
So now we jump ahead to the present with production on a second Abrams Trek movie about to begin, and already we are hearing reports of Shatner lobbying for a role in the movie. According to Showbizspy, Shatner now says that his character of Kirk being dead isn't the real problem, but that his age is.
“I’ve become a buddy of JJ but I don’t know if they can solve the problem of how do you put the body I’m in now with the Kirk that we remember forty years ago,” says William, who was not involved in last year’s Star Trek prequel movie.
“They just did a ‘Tron’ with Jeff Bridges and de-aged him but I don’t know how they did that. It’s going to take a lot of electronics on me!”
We hate to tell you this Mr. Shatner, but they did solve the problem of giving Kirk the body from 40 years ago, they got Chris Pine to play the role.
As much as we are a fan of Mr. Shatner's work on Star Trek, and would love to see him back on the big-screen. The only way we would want to see it happen is if there was a good story written that called for the need of Shatner to return, not Shatner calling for a story to be done so he can return.
Shatner will be 80 years old by the time the next Star Trek movie hits theaters, which is currently slated for a June 29, 2012 release.