You may have heard some buzz about the possibility of William Shatner having a cameo role alongside Leonard Nimoy in the next Star Trek movie, to be helmed and co-written by Roberto Orci. Kirk Prime tweeted a denial, but has now verbally retracted that denial (though the tweet remains pinned to the top of his Twitter timeline), and in fact has confirmed that he was approached by J.J. Abrams to determine if he had any interest.
The reasons for the denial were honorable, as you can see in the fan-shot video below, from the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con over the weekend.
If you didn’t want to bother with the video (or couldn’t hear it very well, the audio’s a little garbled), the basic story is that J.J. Abrams called him on behalf of Bob Orci to see if he’d be interested in a ST3 cameo, but swore him to secrecy. He said he would, by the way, depending upon the story. He’s talking about the call now because he (probably mistakenly) thinks that Bob Orci spilled the beans in an interview. Ah, Hollywood.
If all of this sounds vaguely familiar, take a look at our coverage of the plan to include a Kirk Prime cameo in the first rebooted Star Trek movie, including the actual script of the scene, here.
Star Trek 3 (working title) is expected to star Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, and Anton Yelchin, and is expected to hit theaters in 2016.