William Shatner Explores the Possibility of Returning as Captain Kirk in 'Star Trek'

William Shatner's visionary proposal sparks speculation about Kirk's return.

by Nouman Rasool
William Shatner Explores the Possibility of Returning as Captain Kirk in 'Star Trek'
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The legendary actor, William Shatner, portraying Captain Kirk in the epic series "Star Trek," lately has openly expressed his readiness to get back into the lovable role of the starship captain in his new documentary, "You Can Call Me Bill." It's something so many fans of the starship captain of the USS Enterprise have been waiting to hear for years.

"It's an interesting idea," said Shatner, admitting the attraction of playing the character that had, in large part, made him famous. He said it would be "tough" to do it, but that there would have to be some good story point for bringing Captain Kirk back.

"If there were a real great reason for it, I might say yes," he said considerately. The possibility of Captain Kirk returning, however, is still very far away, since the character last died in the 1994 film "Star Trek: Generations." But, ever the imaginative thinker, Shatner concocted an entirely new way of doing so—this time through futuristic technology and cryogenically freezing him.

Reviving Captain Kirk

Shatner prattled on in his inimitable way, saying, "A company that wants to freeze my body and my brain for the future might be a way of going about it.". "We've got Captain Kirk's brain frozen here." Now there's a scenario.

"Let's see if we can bring back a little bit of this, a little salt, a little pepper. Oh, look at that. Here comes Captain Kirk!" This makes his fancy suggestion all the more fascinating as part of an interesting dialogue of just how that might be done: the return of Kirk.

He further hinted that he might even play a younger version of Captain Kirk, possibly with the help of this technology of completely digital de-aging of actors. One of the biggest players in developing that technology is a company called Otoy.

Speaking on behalf of that company, Shatner related bigger possibilities around appearing good 30 years younger on screen. Contemplating his 93-year-old self that is still very much alive, Shatner credited youthfulness to curiosity and engagement in life, along with good fortune for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

But with regard to "Star Trek," Shatner confesses to many regrets, including his directing "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" that he called the single most important failure in his life. In looking back, Shatner lamented his years as director, how hard they were, and how he wished he was able to handle the pressure of a multi-million dollar motion picture.