Once again, it’s time to talk about whether William Shatner will ever return to his role as Captain James T. Kirk. The notion came up in a new interview with the actor promoting his appearance at this weekend’s Fan Expo in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was asked by the Regina Leader Post if he would be willing to return:
“I’m perfectly fit and ready to put on some makeup …. The problem I guess is what do you do with an aging captain whose youthful existence is already there?” said Shatner, now 86.
The problem with bringing Kirk back in the movies isn’t about him being aging captain who might interact with his younger self, as they obviously found a way to bring back Leonard Nimoy (twice), in both 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.
The real issue is the fate that befell the Captain during Shatner’s last run as Kirk in 1994’s Star Trek: Generations. (Spoiler: he falls off a bridge and dies.) Even though there were some discussions about Shatner returning for some of the more recent Star Trek movies, producer J.J. Abrams said last summer “there’s something about his having died that makes it impossible.” Then again, Abrams also said that in Star Trek “nearly anything is possible.” So, if he got a pitch that he didn’t find contrived … you never know.
Of course with the CBS All Access show Star Trek: Discovery in production, there is another possible place for Kirk to show up. They wouldn’t have the same issues with jumping from one reality to the other, but could they ever afford him on a TV budget?
Shatner trolls Canadian PM on Star Wars Day
Today is May the 4th, also known as “Star Wars Day,” which explains the prevalence of #MayTheFourthBeWithYou hashtags on social media. One person swept up in the day was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sent out a tweet showing off his Star Wars socks. William Shatner, a native Canadian, fired back asking for equal time for Star Trek.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 4, 2017
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 4, 2017
Join Shatner in Zero G
Are you looking for something exciting to do during some off time at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention this August? Well then you can join William Shatner and a few other people in a weightless adventure. Zero Gravity Corporation and Roddenberry Adventures just announced a “ZERO-G Experience® with William Shatner” for a limited number of people on an exclusive flight from Las Vegas on August 4.
Flying on board G-FORCE ONE®, ZERO-G’s specially modified Boeing 727, fans will join Shatner as the plane performs a series of parabolic arcs to “create the exhilarating feeling of floating through space.” After the flight, passengers will be able to “mingle with the Shatner during a meet and greet session.” In the press release Shatner states:
“I’ve always wondered what it would be like to actually explore the Final Frontier and now I have the opportunity to experience zero gravity firsthand. It will be an incredible adventure.”
All of this zero-G fun can be had for the low low price of $9,950. The ticket includes a ZERO-G flight suit, a “certificate of weightless completion” along with photos and video to share. More information can be found at gozerog.com.
Shatner’s Horseshow Auction
William Shatner’s annual Hollywood Charity Horseshow is on June 3rd. Leading up to the show is a silent auction, which kicked off this week. Included are dozens of bits of Hollywood memorabilia, much of which is signed by Shatner including some Star Trek items. One particularly unusual one is a Captain Kirk action figure that was flown into space. CLICK HERE to see the full selection of lots up for auction.
Reuniting with Kruge
Back in March we reported that William Shatner had landed the role as the lead in the comedy feature film Senior Moment. Then in April, Variety reported that actor Christopher Lloyd had joined the cast. That makes it a reunion for Shatner and Lloyd, who faced off as Captain Kirk and Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock back in 1984, but this time the two will be playing best friends, so they won’t be at each other’s throats.
That’s it for our all Shatner all the time update for this week. Keep up with all the celebrity news at TrekMovie.