Leonard Nimoy has been in the new Star Trek movies, but why no William Shatner? Recently JJ Abrams explained why the original Captain Kirk can’t be in the film franchise, CinemaBlend reports.
Shatner played Kirk in the original 1960s Star Trek series. He went on to play the character in several Star Trek films, ending with Star Trek Generations in 1994.
When asked about a possible Shatner cameo, Abrams said it isn’t possible because Captain Kirk died in Generations:
Obviously it’s Star Trek, nearly anything is possible. There’s the fairly simple notion that on the day Kirk was born another timeline began. But in the other timeline, Kirk died onscreen (in Generations). I don’t know how he would come back unless we went into this other reality and we did a timeline and reality jump…. In all the years we’ve been working on this, I’ve yet to hear a pitch that didn’t sound too contorted and contrived for an audience to swallow. And I’ve talked to him (Shatner) about it. If Kirk had lived there’d be an answer. But there’s something about his having died that makes it impossible.”
Abrams has already announced there will be a fourth Star Trek movie, so maybe Kirk will be resurrected in the future.
Star Trek Beyond hits theaters tomorrow, July 22nd.
What do you think? Are you a Star Trek fan? Would you like to see Shatner in the new film franchise?