No Shatner for Star Trek sequel, Paul Giamatti interested

News Ryan Lambie
2 Mar 2011 - 03:02

Hopes of seeing William Shatner reprise his role as Captain Kirk in the next Star Trek movie appear to have been dismissed…

Following the success of JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot, a sequel was all but inevitable. And, in the wake of Paramount greenlighting a follow-up, it was widely suggested that none other than William Shatner would be making an appearance.

While it wasn't at all clear who Shatner would play (he could, perhaps, have played an alternate, ageing version of Kirk, as Leonard Nimoy did with the character of Spock in the 2009 Star Trek) a latter-day appearance of the face who launched the Enterprise was, on the whole, welcomed.

Now, however, it appears that such hopes were premature. Speaking to the Australian publication Sunday Herald-Sun, Shatner dashed hopes once and for all that he might be about to reprise his most famous role.

"I would be so interested in doing it, especially with that wonderful director JJ Abrams," Shatner said, "but I don't see how it's possible and maybe we all have gone beyond that."

He did, however, provide a brief plug for his Star Trek-based documentary, which sounds rather fascinating.

"But I have shot a wonderful documentary where I talk to all the captains of Star Trek and try to find a common denominator and in the meantime have some fun talking to them about them and their lives," the actor revealed.

As Moviehole pointed out, Star Trek: Generations could, therefore, prove to be Shatner's last screen appearance as Captain Kirk, leaving Chris Pine to carry his mantle for future films.

Also in Star Trek news, Paul Giamatti has told the Portland Mercury that he would "love to play a Klingon". Given that the hope for many is that the Klingons are the main foes in the next Star Trek movie, it might just be worth JJ giving the man a call...

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