William Shatner has told Star Trek fans to write to director J J Abrams if they want to see him return as Captain James Kirk. The 85-year-old, who played the character in the 1960s TV series and the first seven Star Trek films, says he is open to a return to the role. Speaking at the Saturn Awards in Los Angeles, Shatner said: “We’d all be open to it, but it’s not going to happen. The fans would love to see it. Have them write to J J Abrams at Paramount Studios.”
He’s a wonderful director and he’s running with that franchise. I think it’s great
William Shatner praises J J Abrams
Shatner confirmed he would not appear in the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond, which stars Chris Pine in the role of Captain Kirk. It has been suggested he could return to the sci-fi series after the late actor Leonard Nimoy reprised his role as Spock in the 2009 film Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness. However, he praised Abrams, who also directed Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, saying he had made wonderful Star Trek films. He said: “I think JJ Abrams solved the problem of the glass ceiling of the box office that we always hit and in making it a great ride.
He’s a wonderful director and he’s running with that franchise. I think it’s great.
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