Oh no you di-n't! Leonard Nimoy is coming out of retirement to appear in next year's new Star Trek film, the craftily entitled Star Trek
. But while Nimoy dusts off his ears to reprise his role as Spock, the producers have apparently opted to leave William Shatner to his Boston Legal
and PriceLine commercials. And Shatner is not happy about it.
The story is at the WENN page at the Internet Movie Database — right here
, in fact. "I've become even more popular than I was playing Captain Kirk," claims Shatner, who, prior to his leading role in the original Star Trek
television series, was most well-known for playing the man who saw the incubus on the wing of his airplane on his way to be Spencer Tracy's aide at the Nuremburg Trials in the classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents
episode, "Nick of Time."
Shatner then seemed to express support for the film, saying "They've decided to go in another direction, and I'm sure it'll be a wonderful film." That's Shatner-speak for, "Nimoy should only get cancer
Your guess is as good as mine as to why J.J. Abrams and his creative team have opted not to cast a mediocre 76 year-old actor in a leading role in their upcoming multi-million dollar science fiction epic. I will say this, though: odds are pretty good this is going to be a really shitty Star Trek movie, and I would much rather watch a really shitty Star Trek movie with
Shatner, than without him. Chris Pine might do just fine as Kirk, but do you really think he could take a line like "Spock, you're talking about the end of all life on Earth! Haven't you got any goddamn feelings about that?!" and work the same hammy, overwrought magic with it as Shatner?
I don't think so, either.