While the brain trust behind Trek XI remain mum, William Shatner keeps on talking. This week The Shat talks to Time magazine, where he reveals a tiny bit more about his thoughts on Star Trek XI.
Time: Lost producer J.J. Abrams is working on a Star Trek movie for 2008 about a young Kirk and Spock, and there are rumors you will make an appearance.
Shatner: I did have a talk with J.J., and he outlined what he wanted to do. Getting a character who is supposed to be dead to talk to his younger self is a storytelling problem. But if you want to guarantee the audience will come in droves, one of the things you might do is include some members of the old cast.
Time: You are so indelibly linked to Captain Kirk, how do you pass on the torch to a younger actor?
Shatner: Well, you light a match … No, I really have nothing to offer. I can’t say to some young actor, "Play it this way," because he’s going to play it his way. But I will say, he’s got to be young and good-looking and rich. And charming.
Time: Some people say Star Trek is past its prime, and it’s time to move on. Would you agree?
Shatner: There was something about Star Trek that sustained it all those years. But with so many entities of Star Trek out there all at once, the audience began to leave it. Now there’s a huge experiment going on: Will the audience pick up their love affair? We don’t know. And as talented as J.J. is, this is the real test for him. He’s got to give a known quantity the Abrams twist and yet maintain the Star Trek game.
The meeting of the Kirks?
Of course with Shatner you can’t always read too much into things, but this is now the second time his comments implied that if he were to be in the film he would be playing older (or possibly ‘post-dead’) Kirk and be interacting with the younger Kirk This would mean that the role would be beyond a simple flashback ‘bookend’ and would inovle some means (possibly time travel…again?) to get the two Kirks together. Shatner has previously stated that if Abrams wanted him and Nimoy, then the roles would have to be more than just cameos. It is all speculative, but hopefully soon we will learn more about if Shatner (and Nimoy) are to be in the film and if so how they will be used.
See Time for their 10 questions for William Shatner