Once again it’s time to talk about William Shatner and the future of Star Trek movies. For today’s edition, the focus is on the possibility of seeing two Kirks on screen together.
Shatner fine with no team-ups with Chris Pine as Kirks
In between trolling Mark Hamill and weighing in on culturally sensitive topics, William Shatner is known to answer fan questions on Twitter. Last night one fan asked if there was ever going to be a team-up with Star Trek’s two Kirks: Shatner and Chris Pine. Bill replied simply, “Probably not but I’m fine with that.”
Probably not but I’m fine with that. https://t.co/SgeIpEqYMy
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 17, 2020
Shatner’s assessment of the likelihood of seeing Chris Pine’s Kirk alongside his own is probably pretty accurate. A decade ago there was a lot of buzz about him joining Leonard Nimoy in reprising his role in one of the Kelvin movies produced by J.J. Abrams—much of that buzz was generated by Shatner himself. But in later years, he has become much more sanguine about ever returning to the role that made him recognized around the world. Of course, Shatner’s views on the subject are nuanced. In March he said “Kirk’s story is pretty well played out,” although in June Bill said he would “love” to return to the role.
On the Paramount side of things, it currently looks like the leading project to get Trek back on the big screen would see Chris Pine team up with a different Kirk: James’ father, George Kirk, played by Chris Hemsworth, reprising the role from the 2009 Star Trek movie. If there was any project that might have seen Shatner and Pine team up it would be the one pitched by Quentin Tarantino, and avowed Shatner superfan, who has also said he likes the new Star Trek cast, although he isn’t very clear on how the whole two timelines work. As recently as last summer, Shatner said he would like to be part of the Tarantino Trek movie.
Shatner’s comment on being fine without appearing with Chris Pine in a Star Trek movie should not be seen as a slight to the younger actor. Last month during a GalaxyCon Live event when asked who he would want to play him in a notional biopic of his life he suggested Pine, saying he is “a good-looking, talented guy.” In his 2018 interview with TrekMovie.com, Shatner said of Pine: “He is so good and such a leading man.” The pair also appeared together in William Shatner’s 2011 Star Trek documentary The Captains.
Shatner Kirk with Shatner Kirk
As fans know, we have seen two James T. Kirks together multiple times, but always when BOTH were played by Shatner, starting with TOS’ season 1 episode “The Enemy Within,” when Kirk was split into two sides of himself. Two episodes later, android Kirk faced human Kirk in “What Are Little Girls Made Of,” and in season 3, he battled with Garth-as-Kirk in “Whom Gods Destroy.” And in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the final movie featuring the entire TOS cast, he came face-to-face with himself again when the Chameloid Martia took his form to confuse their Klingon prison guards. Bottom line: The man knows how to do scenes with multiple Kirks.
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