Once again it is time to speculate on the return of William Shatner to Star Trek. The latest thing that has people buzzing is the Quentin Tarantino Trek project currently being fleshed out into a script by Mark L. Smith, to be produced by J.J. Abrams.
So, would William Shatner be interested in reprising his role as James T. Kirk in this project? The short answer is “Yes.” He was asked this question on Twitter and his response was “Depends on the script, but if it was good then absolutely. Why not?”
Depends on the script but if it was good then absolutely. Why not? https://t.co/qaf9Bolg21
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 24, 2018
While that response is seemingly perfunctory, it is certainly more enthusiastic than when TrekMovie posed the same question to Shatner about if he would be interested in appearing in Star Trek: Discovery. At the time, the actor seemed more skeptical, noting it would have to be a “remarkable” idea to garner his interest.
On board for Tarantino Trek
Shatner isn’t the only Trek actor interested in the Tarantino Trek project. Sir Patrick Stewart has also expressed enthusiasm about it, as has John Cho, who also endorsed the idea of including actors from the original Star Trek series like Shatner.
Of course, over the last decade Shatner has often talked about the possibility of returning to do a feature film and as recently as October of last year (before the Tarantino project was announced) the actor said he thought there could be an “interesting story” to tell with him as Kirk again.
As of now, nothing is known about the project, even if it would include any or all of the Kelvin movie cast seen in the previous three J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek films.
Shatner’s last Kirks?
In 2006 William Shatner reprised the role of Kirk for a DirecTV commercial.
And in 2013 he played Kirk again as a gag where he appeared on screen at the Oscars to talk to his big fan, host Seth MacFarlane.
Keep up with all the news regarding the next Star Trek feature film at TrekMovie.com.