William Shatner wants to reprise Star Trek role

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This 2009 film reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise follows the main characters when they were all young. Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana and Zachary Quinto star.
July 13th, 2012

William Shatner wants to star in a future incarnation of 'Star Trek'.

The 81-year-old actor - who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original 1960s TV series of the sci-fi franchise - is keen to appear in a modern version of the series directed by J. J. Abrams, who helmed 2009 movie 'Star Trek' and is currently working on a sequel, but he's not sure how the filmmaker would deal with his ''ageing'' features.

He said: ''I would love to. I don't know how he would deal with the ageing face and body. That's a conundrum for science fiction, how to deal with the ageing me out there in space. How did I age? I think it's insoluble.

''How much fun it would've been to be in a J. J. Abrams movie playing with a whole new imagination about what this character would have done. I wrote several novels about the way I thought Captain Kirk would've lived in a series of books that I did. So I wrote several autobiographical novels about it.''

William reprised his role of Captain Kirk in 1994 movie 'Star Trek: Generations', but he was disappointed that his character was killed off towards the end of the film.

In an interview with CraveOnline.com, he added: ''I would have done something else. It was all against me. The studio wanted to try 'The Next Generation' to see if they could break through this $100 million [ceiling.]

''It seemed that an audience was coming, they could count on an audience and a box office of $100 million but they thought that the 'Next Generation' cast would bring in more, and it didn't. They were stuck with the same $100 million or thereabouts.

''I wish that there had been more trumpets for the death of the character.''