William Shatner keen to reprise iconic Star Trek role
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July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019 10:59 AM EDT
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William Shatner would reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk in Quentin Tarantino’s possible Star Trek movie if he was asked.
The 88-year-old actor originally played Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966 to 1969, and returned to voice the character in the short-lived Star Trek: The Animated Series two years later.
Speaking to Reuters, Shatner revealed he’d jump at the chance to reprise his role alongside Oscar-winning director Tarantino.
“Quentin Tarantino said something in the paper that somebody said to me, that he loved me. And Quentin, I love you. If you’re going to do Star Trek 50 years later, a few pounds heavier, come on. Not a problem!” he joked.
However, he did acknowledge that his ailing health may affect what he would be able to do in the movie, adding: “Well, I’d like to do it. Whether I’d be up for it, I don’t know.”
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The 56-year-old director was rumoured to be helming a new film in the sci-fi franchise, with reports claiming that studio Paramount had assembled a team of writers to work on a screenplay.
He’d also previously gushed about the veteran actor’s portrayal of Captain Kirk, telling Deadline: “I think it’s one of the greatest performances in the history of episodic television.”