William Shatner posing with microphone

William Shatner is up for doing Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek movie

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Jan 25, 2018

Another legendary Star Trek captain says he's willing to go where no Trek film has gone before.

It was just last month that Patrick Stewart said he'd be interested in returning to the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard -- a part he last played some 16 years ago in Star Trek: Nemesis -- in the Trek movie that Quentin Tarantino is apparently planning to direct.

And now a second towering figure in Trek lore has indicated that he'd be willing to put on his old captain's uniform again for the acclaimed director. Asked on Twitter about the chances that he'd play James T. Kirk in a Tarantino-helmed Trek joint, William Shatner was direct in his response:

Shatner was not asked to appear in J.J. Abrams' 2009 Star Trek re,boot nor its follow-up, Star Trek: Into Darkness -- which he was rumored to be unhappy about -- although there was speculation at one point about him appearing in an early version of what eventually became Star Trek: Beyond. And while he has not played Kirk since 1994's Star Trek: Generations, it's intriguing that the right script could lure him back now.

That script is now in the hands of Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), who was selected by Tarantino and Paramount to pen the screenplay after hearing ideas from Smith and a handful of other writers. The initial pitch came from Tarantino himself, so we expect that he'll have a lot of input into the script as well.

We don't know anything else about Tarantino's idea or plans for the movie, other than that he insisted it be R-rated, something Paramount and J.J. Abrams (who's still a producer on the franchise) apparently agreed to. But hopefully he knows that he has Captains Kirk and Picard potentially on board if he wants them. Do you think Tarantino and Smith should find a way to write these Enterprise icons into their story?

(via Heroic Hollywood)