William Shatner keen to revive Captain Kirk role – but only if the circumstances are right
William Shatneris keen to revive his legendary Star Trek role of Captain Kirk – but only if the circumstances are right.
The legendary actor became a cultural icon for his portrayal of the Chief of Starfleet Operations on USS Enterprise, first appearing on screens back in 1966.
Although last depicting Captain Kirk on film in 1994’s Generations, in which his character was killed off while working alongside Jean-Luc Picard to stop a deadly missile, Shatner said he’d be open to a comeback.
‘If they wrote it and it made reasonable sense then I’d love to [revive Captain Kirk],’ Shatner exclusively told Metro.co.uk.
‘I wouldn’t do a series,’ he continued. ‘If the role was written properly and it wasn’t a cameo or gratuitous; being there just to show my face, I wouldn’t do that.’
Shatner also revealed that he hadn’t been approached to make an appearance on Star Trek: Picard. Nor had he watched the series.
Whether or not Shatner will be offered the opportunity to dust off his Captain Kirk suit, Trekkies can catch him in the brand new season of The UnXplained, a non-fiction series that explores the world’s most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries.
‘I love the show, I love the script, I love the stories, I love the adventure,’ Shatner enthused to us on a Zoom interview. ‘These mysteries blow my mind.’
Although season two of The UnXplained hasn’t landed just yet, the show has already been given the green light for another.
‘We’ve been renewed,’ Shatner confirmed. ‘The network here has ordered a lot more shows. We’re coming back.’
The UnXplained premieres at 9pm on Tuesday 9th June on Sky HISTORY and will be available to stream on Sky HISTORY, Sky, Virgin, BT, Talk Talk and Sky’s NOW TV.
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