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Star Trek's William Shatner Reveals If He'd Return as Captain Kirk

William Shatner may no longer be playing James T. Kirk in Star Trek's Kelvin timeline, but that doesn’t mean he doesn't want to return as the character.

In an interview with KOMO Newsradio, Shatner expressed interest in returning to the role he first played in 1966. “I certainly would," he replied when asked if he'd consider returning as Captain Kirk. "You know? A well written thing? I certainly would. Absolutely.”

Kirk died in 1994's Star Trek: Generations, which proved controversial for many fans of the series. However, there's always the possibility a younger version of the character could appear at some point, as with Spock on Star Trek: Discovery.

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In 2018, Shatner said he wouldn't want to star in a new Star Trek series, but didn't rule out the possibility of a cameo. He reiterated that sentiment in an interview earlier this year. His answer to the question does leave some ambiguity about whether he's changed his mind on that front, but it still seems unlikely Shatner will star in a Kirk spinoff anytime soon. Star Trek: The Next Generation lead Sir Patrick Stewart will reprise his role for his own solo series later this year.

Debuting later this year on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway.