Could Starfleet’s finest captain return to the holodeck?
Star Trek legend William Shatner, who famously played the role of Captain James T. Kirk all throughout The Original Series, has expressed an interest in joining Quentin Tarantino’s planned reboot.
The Trek project, which has Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) on script duties and J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode IX) attached to produce, is said to be an R-rated voyage into the unknown – and we mean that in every sense of the word. Because, frankly, there’s been nary a mention of QT’s Star Trek movie since it was tentatively announced, and we imagine that radio silence will remain intact until he completes his ninth feature on the Manson family.
But that hasn’t quelled Shatner’s optimism. Via Twitter, the industry legend revealed he’d “absolutely” return to the Star Trek universe – providing the script is up to snuff.
Depends on the script but if it was good then absolutely. Why not? https://t.co/qaf9Bolg21
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) January 24, 2018
Little is known about QT’s planned Star Trek movie. Paramount and J.J. Abrams are reportedly keen on his pitch though, having agreed to an R-rating – the first in Star Trek history. Whether Tarantino’s particular style and razor-sharp writing will clash with the unwavering optimism of Trek is another question entirely, but after three films in Paramount’s reboot series – despite some initial signs of promise, Star Trek 4 has quietly slipped into a dark void in space – Trekkies will surely welcome this radical change in direction.
Up first for Tarantino though is his period piece loosely based on the Charles Manson family. It’s already secured the services of Leonardo DiCaprio, who famously played the mad-eyed Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, with QT said to be eyeing Margot Robbie for the role of Sharon Tate, one of the five victims.