Last Friday the Kirk v Kirk armwrestling photo from William Shatner’s upcoming EPIX documentary The Captains went viral. This Friday we can bring you more details and images from The Captains, including the official synopsis. We also have the full schedule for the EPIX "Shatnerpalooza."
Details and photos from "The Captains"
(official synopsis via EPIX)
The Captains, is a feature length documentary that "boldly goes where no man has gone before," giving viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the most durable and profitable franchises in entertainment history, and the men and women who made the Star Trek brand an international phenomenon since 1966. Written and directed by William Shatner, The Captains chronicles Shatner’s quest to explore the impact that Star Trek has had on his life. Why, in spite of his voluminous stage, screen, and television credits, as well as his numerous Emmys and Golden Globe Awards, does one role in his career loom so large that it nearly eclipses all others? To find the answer, Shatner enlists the help of the elite group of actors who also assumed the mantle of Starship Captain. In the process, coupling their own unique stories with their compelling insights, five Captains give Shatner a better understanding of his own life and solve this "mystery" once and for all. This EPIX
Original Documentary will have its world premiere on July 22nd at 8pm ET, as part of Shatnerpalooza, a celebration of the iconic actor-producer-director featuring the complete collection of all six original Star Trek films starring William Shatner in his seminal role along with other television and film highlights – running through July on the multiplatform premium network, EPIX and EpixHD.com.
"My hope is to delve deeply into these actors’ psyches, find out more about them so you can… see what common denominator there is among us as actors that brought [us] to this worldwide renown as part of Star Trek."
–William Shatner on his hopes for The Captains
Featuring in-depth interviews and vintage Star Trek footage with actors Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Kate Mulgrew (Captain Kathryn Janeway), Avery Brooks (Captain Benjamin Sisko), Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer), and Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk, Star Trek 2009), The Captains was shot on location in Toronto, London, New York, Princeton and Los Angeles, where Shatner could capture his fellow Captains and peers in their home environments. The HD film exposes the Captains in all their "humanity", stripped down to the barest of earth-bound qualities and heavenly thoughts. It offers a rare and candid glimpse into the inner sanctum of each actor. The film is grand in its sincerity and reflective of the passion and compassion each Captain demonstrated over the last 45 years on both small and large screens. The Captains is all about the working challenges and personal rewards each actor garnered from the groundbreaking role of Starship helmer.
"I’m looking at the dignity and the seriousness and the application of your talent to this role and I’m thinking this is really good. I’ve seen your stage performances, many of them, so I’m a fan of you as an actor. [What you did] on camera [in] the Next Generation was so serious and so real and had such character that I thought this marvelous actor is playing this part with all the grandeur and gravitas of his career as a Shakespearean actor
— William Shatner on his admiration of Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Captain Jean-Luc Picard
An EPIX Original Documentary, The Captains is A William Shatner Film, produced by Le Big Boss Productions in association with EPIX, Ballinran Productions, 455 Films and Melis Productions. Starring William Shatner and featuring Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Chris Pine and Patrick Stewart. Executive Producers: William Shatner, Craig Thompson, David Zappone. Creative Consultant: Kevin Layne. Directed by William Shatner.
The Captains premieres on EPIX on Friday July 22nd at 8PM. If you don’t have EPIX, you can watch The Captains (and everything else from EPIX) online for free at EPIXHD.com by just signing up for a two-week trial. (NOTE: You should wait to sign up until the week of the premiere). See below for the full schedule of "Shatnerpalooza."
Shatnerpalooza will air all day on Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd. Starting Monday, July 25th, you can also catch a Shatnerpalooza double feature every night at 8pm leading up to one final Shatnerpalooza marathon. Here are the first two nights with the world premieres highlighted.
Thursday July 21
|6:00 AM||Star Trek V: The Final Frontier|
|7:45 AM||Explosive Generation, The|
|9:15 AM||Disaster on the Coastliner|
|11:00 AM||Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas|
|11:45 AM||Star Trek: The Motion Picture|
|2:00 PM||Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country|
|4:00 PM||Intruder, The|
|5:30 PM||Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown|
|6:15 PM||Star Trek III: The Search For Spock|
|8:00 PM||William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet|
|9:00 PM||Big Bad Mama|
|10:30 PM||Intruder, The|
|12:00 AM||William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet|
|1:00 AM||Outer Limits, The: Cold Hands, Warm Heart|
|2:00 AM||Broken Angel|
|3:45 AM||Pioneer Woman|
|5:00 AM||Explosive Generation, The|
|Friday July 22|
|6:30 AM||Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown|
|7:15 AM||Big Bad Mama|
|8:40 AM||Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan|
|10:35 AM||Outer Limits, The: Cold Hands, Warm Heart|
|11:30 AM||Broken Angel|
|1:15 PM||Disaster on the Coastliner|
|2:45 PM||Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas|
|3:30 PM||Big Bad Mama|
|5:00 PM||Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home|
|7:00 PM||William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet|
|8:00 PM||The Captains The|
|10:00 PM||Star Trek (2009)|
|12:10 AM||Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan|
|2:10 AM||Roast of William Shatner: Uncensored|
|3:15 AM||Captains, The|
|5:15 AM||Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas|
And if you missed it, here again is the trailer for The Captains.