The hopes and dreams of thousands of Star Trek fans—who were still holding on to the possibility of seeing the original Capt. Kirk himself, William Shatner, in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek sequel—were crushed over the weekend, as the actor revealed he won't be in the film.
The report comes from the guys over at Trek Movie. While appearing at the Calgary Expo in Canada over the weekend, Shatner answered a fan question about whether we would finally see Shatner back as Capt. Kirk in the next Star Tek. His answer was crushing:
I've become an acquaintance of J.J. [Abrams] of late ... But, I'm afraid no, no, I will not be in Star Trek 2.
There you have it. Dashed dreams. Over and out. Shatner had always expressed his hopes that he would be back in some form or another on Star Trek, and even though there were originally plans for him to make an extended cameo as a hologram in the 2009 film, the idea was ultimately dropped.
Shatner had then pursued his hopes to appear in the next film, being quite vocal about his desire to return to Star Trek, but it would appear Abrams has no plans to put the original Capt. Kirk in the next Trek film.
However, with the script far from being done, is Shatner only assuming there won't be any part for him in the sequel? Or has he been clearly told there are no plans to put him in there?
The Shat was apparently under the assumption that the Star Trek sequel was filming in the summer, when filming on the movie has actually been moved to the fall (with no script ready, no wonder), so he doesn't seem to have a clear grasp about what's going with the film right now.
So maybe there's still a tiny, itsy little bit of hope after all?
What do you think?