William Shatner says he's not beaming aboard director Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond

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Jan 5, 2016, 5:27 PM EST

In the wake of rumours that the original Capt. James Tiberius Kirk would make a long-awaited appearance in director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, fans have been holding out hope that William Shatner would beam aboard the Enterprise for the franchise’s newest big-screen adventure, set to coincide with the beloved sci-fi franchise’s 50th anniversary.

However, speaking to SFX Magazine, Shatner pretty much dashed the hopes of Trekkies everywhere when he confirmed to them that “There was never a conversation,” adding that he wasn’t involved in the original plans to bring the iconic character back in the rebooted movie universe. Shatner said:

“It would have been interesting to see what their fertile imaginations could have done with somebody who is 20 years older than when Captain Kirk died [in Star Trek Generations] and how they would have explained the difference in appearance. But that never came up. I’m sure they must have thought of it one time or another but I never had a substantial conversation about replaying the role.”

When J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek was in development, the writers had drafted a scene where the late Leonard Nimoy’s Old Spock would have given Zachary Quinto’s New Spock a pendant holding a holographic Jim Kirk; but the scene that would have featured the Shat in a cameo turn was never even filmed. 

Perhaps aware of this missed oppurtunity, it seems that Shatner’s return as Capt. Kirk became a central key point in a storyline developed by Star Trek writer Robert Orci, who was (at the time) also handed the reins of the third Star Trek movie. He was later replaced by Justin Lin in the director’s chair, his storyline was scrapped, and a new screenplay was co-written by Star Trek star Simon Pegg, aka Mr. Scott.

Are you guys disappointed that William Shatner’s Capt. Kirk will be MIA from Star Trek Beyond, especially in view of the the show's 50th anniversary?

Star Trek Beyond will open in movie theaters on July 22.

(via Games Radar)