Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Pegg: Shatner Not in Star Trek 3

In an interview Simon Pegg confirmed what we all already knew to be true - that William Shatner will not be in Star Trek Beyond. "William Shatner is an amazing actor, and has such an incredible body of work which transcends his time as Captain Kirk. It's always about whether the stories right. It's pointless crowbarring these things in as a gimmick. That does the story and the film a disservice. I have no doubt in my mind that he could play Captain Kirk until the day he goes off to the final frontier", the co-writer told Digital Spy in the video below.

He also objected to stories that said that Roberto Orci's script was rejected for being too Star Trek-y, saying "This Star Trek will be as much Star Trek as it can be." (aka a Paramount mandated action film in space with Star Trek names). Unless plans have changed, Star Trek 3 will take place at some point during the Enterprise's first 5 year mission to explore strange new worlds, seek out..., etc. with the goal of trying to create an original story that doesn't rely on previous Star Trek villains or episodes. As such it would make sense that Shatner would not have a role in the film that wasn't just fan pander. Something Shatner already said he had no interest in when he turned down a role in the first movie.

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