Roberto Orci has officially taken the reins from J.J. Abrams to direct the upcoming Star Trek 3, and a new report indicates he could be bringing one of the franchise’s biggest names with him.
Take it with a grain of salt, but the fairly reliable Badass Digest is reporting the current version of the sequel’s script “includes a scene that reteams Shatner and Nimoy onscreen as Kirk and Spock.” If this comes to pass, and if Shatner is up for the cameo, it’d be the the first time since 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country that the two played the roles in-canon together.
Of course, there’s already a precedent established here, as Leonard Nimoy’s Spock played a key role in J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek film after traveling back in time and having the whole timeline go bananas around him. Fans would surely love to see Shatner don the iconic Federation threads once again, and by waiting until the third film, they would’ve likely passed the point of it coming off as fan pandering.
On the flip side, this isn’t the first time Shatner has been linked to the new-look Star Trek franchise. An early draft of Abrams’ first Star Trek script reportedly featured a spot for Shatner via a hologram message brought back in time with Nimoy’s Spock, though it was famously axed because Abrams & Co. found the proposed scene a bit too forced.
In classic Shatner fashion, he was a little peeved about getting cut from the modern-day take on the franchise, especially since Abrams made space (and a key role) for Nimoy. Of course, there’s also the fact that Shatner’s Kirk was killed off in 1994’s Star Trek Generations, though, if we’re talking shifty timelines here, it stands to reason ‘old’ Kirk from the new timeline could make a trip back in time.
What do you think? Would you like to see Shatner in Orci’s Star Trek 3, or should we just leave the ol' captain alone?
(Via Badass Digest)