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New 'Star Trek' Shatner-less

New ‘Star Trek’ Shatner-less — J.J. Abrams tells us why the new film doesn’t include the original Captain Kirk

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William Shatner isn’t in Star Trek. And he’s not happy about it.

Leonard Nimoy will be putting on his ears to play a wizened Spock in J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek, but don’t expect a cameo by William Shatner as Captain Kirk. Last month, the 77-year-old actor posted a video on YouTube, complaining about being left behind, and chastising Abrams, even though Shatner’s Kirk died in Star Trek Generations (1994). ”I brought him back to life in one of my books, very easily,” Shatner tells Abrams in the video. ”I’m just sorry that I’m not in your wonderful movie.”

Abrams has seen the video, of course. ”I don’t know how my life has become a thing where William Shatner talks to me through YouTube,” Abrams tells EW. ”I was such a huge fan of his, but we wrote a scene for him in the movie and it didn’t feel right. And he said to us — he said publicly — that doing a cameo didn’t interest him. Which I totally appreciate. But we did try.” EW tried to reach Shatner, but he declined to be interviewed. Through a spokesperson he said, ”I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be involved in the Star Trek universe at this point.”

Reported by Jeff Jensen