William Shatner Not to Appear in New Trek Film

According to an AP report, William Shatner will not appear as Kirk in the new Star Trek movie, even though Leonard Nimoy will reprise his role as Spock. Granted, Kirk’s death at the end of the 1994 film “Star Trek: Generations” complicates matters, but with science fiction there’s always a way.

The new film is directed by J.J. Abrams, who is the executive producer for the TV series “Lost” and also directed “Mission: Impossible III.”

Abrams’ “Trek” film, whose plot is being kept under wraps by distributor Paramount, recounts an early adventure for the crew of the starship Enterprise, with Chris Pines as the young Kirk and Zachary Quinto as the young Spock.

The cast includes Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Simon Pegg as engineer Scott, John Cho as helmsman Sulu, Zoe Saldana as communications officer Uhura and Anton Yelchin as navigator Chekov, roles respectively originated by DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig.

The film is due in theaters in December 2008.

HT: Alan R. Bevere

2 Comments

  1. Thank heavens Shatner won’t be there. I mean Nimoy wasn’t in Generations so fair’s fair. 🙂 Frankly, I don’t know why they felt they needed to have anyone from TOS in this one.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    You know, that’s a good point! I hadn’t thought about the fact that Nimoy wasn’t in Generations.

    I guess in the long run, you have to go with the story that you are trying to tell. Apparently, the story for the new film calls for an old Spock at some point but not an old (and back-from-the-dead?) Kirk.

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