William Shatner may be mostly retired at this point– he is 88 years old, after all– but he’d be willing to come out of retirement to appear in the still-hypothetical Quentin Tarantino ‘Star Trek’ movie. Captain Kirk admitted as much in an interview with Reuters:
“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, hey, 50 years later, a few pounds heavier, come on, not a problem… I’d like to do it. Whether I’d be up for it, I don’t know.”
You can watch the short clip below:
William Shatner said he’d love to reprise the role of Captain Kirk for Quentin Tarantino’s possible ‘Star Trek’ project pic.twitter.com/78ci7iGbnm
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 27, 2019
It is known that Tarantino has met with executives at Paramount regarding his helming a ‘Trek’ film, which will reportedly take place in the current movie (a.k.a. Kelvin) timeline. And Tarantino has expressed admiration for Shatner, the franchise’s original frontman. But this project is not set in stone. Tarantino’s ninth movie, ‘Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood’ just opened, and Tarantino has stated that he wants to end his career after ten films. That means his next movie will be his last. (IF he sticks with that self-imposed limitation.) The auteur has expressed concern with capping his career with ‘Star Trek’ instead of a 100% original opus.
As he recently stated on the Reel Blend podcast:
“I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally, I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left-handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.”
We’ll have to see whether or not Tarantino even follows through with plans to make a ‘Star Trek’ movie, and if he decides to do so, then we’ll see who he casts in the film.
Would you like to see Shatner back under the guidance of Tarantino?