Well, we reported that William Shatner was being… err considered for a part in the third movie in the current ‘Star Trek’ franchise.  Supposedly, the original Captain was scripted to appear in the first ‘Star Trek’ but director J.J. Abrams deemed the short cameo to be unworthy of the very first Enterprise Captain, who not only led the charge in the original three-season TV series, but a subsequent animated series and a slew of big screen movies that spanned decades.

But director Roberto Orci seems determined to bring the first Captain James Tiberius Kirk back for the third ‘Star Trek’ film in the current continuity and it seems as if things have been finalized.  After slightly denying a return, Space Hasselhoff Shatner seems to be hinting that he may actually slip back into that golden yellow (or green, or red) uniform shirt.

Rumors have been swirling to at least hint that Shatner may be reprising his most famous role in the new movie, which is slated to come out in 2016, in honor of the franchise’s 50th anniversary. According to reports:

Not only will Shatner be in the movie, his scene will have him meeting Chris Pine. Also in that scene: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. But if my sources are steering me correct this won’t be original timeline Spock – it’ll be future alt-timeline Kirk and Spock. Basically the scene will have Kirk and Spock interacting with their future selves.

Leonard Nimoy reprised his role as Spock in both of the previous ‘Star Trek’ movies, both helmed by J.J. Abrams, who stepped away to direct the new ‘Star Wars.’  But Shatner’s absence was definitely felt.

But the alternate timeline notes make me wonder…

But the movie is two years off.  Who knows what will develop between now and then?

What do you think?  Do you want to see William Shatner back as a parallel universe, future version of Kirk?  Or does time travel confuse you?  (It does me, just saying.)  Or… should… Shatner… stick… to… talking… slow… in… comedy… sketches?

Personally, I think Chris Pine channels young Shatner extremely well, but seeing Nimoy and Zachary Quinto onscreen together and that it works, I wouldn’t be opposed to any of the old school cast returning.  I mean George Takei could just walk on and make sassy one-off comments and walk off and I wouldn’t complain.  (#Ohmyyyyyyy)

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Source: Badass Digest