Written By: Ken Hulsey
Back in April of 2009 the bosses a Paramount had gotten wind of William Shatner's disappointment at not being cast in J.J. Abrams "Star Trek" reboot alongside fellow "Trek" alumni Leonard Nimoy. Not wanting to disrespect the actor who made Captain James T. Kirk and icon, the studio was more than happy to give the actor his due, and announced that they had made plans to include him in the films sequel.
Now, Shatner himself has decided that he has no business appearing in any new "Star Trek" films because he is simply too old to play Kirk any more.
In the actor's opinion the appearance of an elderly Spock made sense in the new "Star Trek" universe, but explaining how Kirk got there would create too many problems for the development of the planned sequel.
Recently Shatner told Collider.com, "I've become a buddy of JJ, but I don't know if they can solve the problem of how you put the body I'm in now with the Kirk that we remember from 40 years ago."
It must have been hard for the veteran actor, who has played the iconic Kirk for three decades either on television on in feature films, to accept that it was time to walk away and let Chris Pine carry the torch.
"Star Trek 2" is scheduled for release in the summer of 2012 ....... and may feature the Enterprise crew going toe-to-toe with the Gorn.
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