A few days ago we reported the first part of an interview William Shatner gave to the Massachusetts Republican, but it appears they saved the best stuff for part two. Shatner reveals that he has indeed met with JJ Abrams (something he seemingly denied after we reported it weeks ago) and he apparently has confirmed there will be a new Kirk saying:
J. J. Abrams is planning a movie. He has talked with me about it, but I don’t know what he has got planned. It’s likely there will be another Captain Kirk for certain.
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Q: Turning to "Star Trek," besides the recent DirectTV commercial, have we seen the last of William Shatner as Captain Kirk?
A: I don’t know. J. J. Abrams is planning a movie. He has talked with me about it, but I don’t know what he has got planned. It’s likely there will be another Captain Kirk for certain. I have a book out in bookstores right now called "Captain’s Glory" and it’s about Captain Kirk.
Q: Have you been asked to appear in the next movie?
A: I have had a meeting with them. They are busy writing, so I don’t know how it will come out.
Q: The rumor mill keeps churning out reports that the next "Star Trek" film will focus on a young James T. Kirk. How do you feel about another actor playing a role you originated?
A: It’s not so much the role, it’s the word "younger."
Q: I suppose it must be like Sean Connery watching Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig playing James Bond?
A: I wonder if he feels, ‘Thank God, I don’t have to do all those stunts (laughs)’.
Q: What characteristic would you want to see in an actor taking on the role of Captain Kirk?
A: He’s got to be handsome. He’s got to be athletic. He’s got to be rich. He’s got to be funny. He’s got to get the girl – the sort of things I do.
Although it is the working assumption, there has never been an official confirmation from JJ Abrams or Paramount that Star Trek XI will feature the character of Kirk. This is the most Shatner has said about it since his ‘gas’ comments a few weeks ago. During the summer Shatner talked up Abrams quite a bit and made it clear he wanted to be in Trek XI. Since saying he was going to meet Abrams he hasn’t said much about Trek XI. If Shatner and Nimoy were to be in as ‘bookends’ (as was suggested by Nimoy), then it would follow that the script would have to be written assuming they would be available. On the other hand, it is possible that Shatner or Nimoy could be slated for new characters that could in the end be cast to others if they don’t sign. Let the speculation continue…