William Shatner Wants To Run Wild In Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek Movie
The Star Trek franchise may be flourishing on the small screen thanks to Discovery and the highly-anticipated upcoming debut of Picard, but the future of the long-running series on the big screen isn’t quite so clear. The third entry in the rebooted timeline, Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond, failed to crack $350m at the global box office despite solid reviews, and ever since then development on a fourth installment has faltered.
At one point Chris Hemsworth was set to reprise his role as George Kirk before both he and Chris Pine reportedly both walked away from the project to leave the future of the potential Star Trek 4 in a state of disarray, before the production was shelved indefinitely in January. However, this wasn’t the only Star Trek movie on the cards, and the questions about Quentin Tarantino’s involvement in the franchise have recently intensified with the filmmaker out doing the press rounds for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Tarantino recently admitted that he is a huge fan of William Shatner’s performance as Captain Kirk on the original series, which instantly sparked rumors that Shatner would end up being involved in some way. The actor responded the speculation in a recent interview, and it sounds as though he doesn’t sound interested in returning to the franchise just for the sake of a nostalgic cameo:
Shatner was unaware the project is currently scheduled to be R-rated, and described how series creator Gene Rodenberry would react to the news, as well as imagining what Tarantino’s interpretation of Captain Kirk would look like:
William Shatner playing an older Captain Kirk in a Star Trek movie from Quentin Tarantino sounds absolutely insane, which is probably exactly why it would work. Tarantino always gets great performances out of his actors, and the idea of Shatner lending his distinctive delivery to a script written by the two time Academy Award-winning writer behind Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill sounds like too good of an opportunity to pass up.
Source: Trek Movie