Star Trek director denies Captain Kirk return

May 1st, 2009 - 1:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Star Trek director has shot down reports claiming that William Shatner will return to the franchise, insisting his character of Captain Kirk is dead.

Director JJ Abrams said that bringing back Shatner might irk film fans who saw his character die.

“His character died in one of the (Star Trek) films and we wanted to be consistent,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

“Everyone says - the Trek fans - if you’re gonna do a Trek film, you need to be consistent. He died,” Abrams added.

Abrams also said he did offer Shatner a role in his new film, but explained it could only be a cameo.

“It was clear that he didn’t wanna just do a cameo, so to create a story which was in the movie, it would have been reworking everything (sic),” he said.

But Abrams insists he didn’t purposefully snub the original Kirk: “I love William Shatner.” (ANI)

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