The 2009 Star Trek reboot brought with it some great moments (meeting the characters for the first time), some not-so-great moments (the destruction of the planet Vulcan) and some familiar faces (Leonard Nimoy as the coolest Vulcan in the galaxy). But what it didn't bring was a cameo by the original Capt. Kirk, William Shatner.
Sadly, if you've been hoping this would get rectified in Star Trek 2, word on the street is that the next movie will also be Shatless.
According to The Herald-Sun, Shatner said, "I would be so interested in doing it, especially with that wonderful director J.J. Abrams, but I don't see how it's possible and maybe we all have gone beyond that."
"Doesn't think it's possible" can refer to one of multiple obstacles.
First, his character was killed off back in Star Trek: Generations, which means there would have to be some serious 'splaining to do about an appearance.
Second, Shatner himself is a busy guy, starring in $h*! My Dad Says and making impromptu appearances on talk shows. Scheduling in a feature film could be difficult for the almost 80-year-old actor.
Third, and most likely, it has to do with the amount of screen time Shatner was offered—that is, not enough.
Back in 2008, director J.J. Abrams told FilmCritic,
" ... [Shatner] was very vocal that he didn't want to do a cameo. We tried desperately to put him in the movie, but he was making it very clear that he wanted the movie to focus on him significantly, which, frankly, he deserves. The truth is, the story that we were telling required a certain adherence to the Trek canon and consistency of storytelling.
Discontented with a mere cameo, Shatner backed out of the 2009 version of Star Trek. Now it looks as if Shatner's ego—which, let's face it, is one of the reasons we love him—is preventing his fans from seeing him in the 2012 sequel. (Shatner's ego is as famous as the actor himself. In fact, William Shatner's Ego has its own Facebook and Twitter pages.)
There is some small consolation. Shatner said,
"...I have shot a wonderful documentary where I talk to all the captains of Star Trek and try to find a common denominator and in the meantime have some fun talking to them about them and their lives.''
We don't know if or when this documentary will be released, but if it's anything like the fabulous Trekkies and Trekkies 2 documentaries, it almost makes up for the loss of Shatner in the upcoming Star Trek movie.
But not quite.