Shatner Says Abrams Called Him About Being in Next 'Star Trek'

September 29, 2014


Absent from the Star Trek franchise since the last time he somehow met another cast in Generations, William Shatner is reportedly in talks to again somehow meet another cast for the follow-up to Star Trek Into Darkness. According to, the octogenarian Kirk told a crowd at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con that he got a phone call to re-join the series by none other than former Star Trek director and current Star Trek telemarketer J.J. Abrams.

As Shatner recounted, Abrams said, "I'm calling because the director of Star Trek, the next movie, has had an idea where you might be involved, so I'm calling to find out whether you would be interested."

"It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted," Shatner apparently replied.

Still, despite saying he "would love to do it," Captain Kirk admits even he is stumped on how, for the umpteenth time, Star Trek would insist on a cross-generational meet-and-greet.

"But how do you get me fifty years later into the movie?" he asked the crowd. "I mean how do you rationalize it. I know it's science fiction, but even I couldn't come up with an idea." Can he not just ride in on those whales from the '80s?

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