/star-trek-3-cast-william-shatner-leonard-nimoy/Earlier this week, it was rumored that director Roberto Orci wants to reunite Old Kirk William Shatner and original Spock Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek 3. William Shatner has now stepped forward on Twitter to respond to these reports.
While the Star Trek 3 script is said to include a scene featuring William Shatner as the much older version of Captain Kirk, the legendary actor claims he knows nothing about that. He hasn't been contacted, and that Paramount, Roberto Orci and his team are just using him to create hype for the movie.
Check out his official tweet:
Let's talk ST. I don't know anything about the current gossip. Nobody has contacted me. Right now it's just rhetoric to cause hype.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 23, 2014
I pinned the Star Trek tweet to the top of my profile.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 24, 2014
Even though William Shatner hasn't been contacted yet doesn't make the news any less true. The story of William Shatner's involvement was leaked by an insider to Badass Digest. Maybe Paramount floated this out there for hype, or maybe it is just leaked information.
"Love no win scenarios. In theory, damned either way.
Not in my interest to confirm or deny anything because it limits my options while maintaining my integrity as a truth teller. The movie is not the movie till it is in the theater. Until then, everything is a rumor."
The screenplay for Star Trek 3 was only recently completed and no official casting announcements have been made yet, including the primary returning crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise now led by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.
Star Trek 3 doesn't begin production until early 2015, with a 2016 release date waiting to be officially announced.
A William Shatner cameo isn't being entirely ruled out just yet. It will mark the first time William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have shared the screen for Star Trek since 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The film is also arriving on the franchise's 50th Anniversary, which makes fans even more sure he is going to be included this time, after being left out of 2009's Star Trek and last year's Star Trek Into Darkness.