William Shatner says he would be ‘delighted’ to be in ‘Star Trek 3’

The original Captain Kirk was speaking to fans at the Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville

William Shatner has revealed that he would be delighted to feature in Star Trek 3.

The original Captain Kirk from the ’60s TV show appeared in the first Star Trek movies alongside Leonard Nimoy as Spock. The actor has claimed he has spoken to the film’s producer JJ Abrams.

ComicBook.com reports that while speaking to fans at the Wizard World Comic Con in Nashville, Shatner said Abrams had called and that the director had said: “I’m calling because the director of Star Trek, the next movie, has had an idea where you might be involved, so I’m calling to find out whether you would be interested.”

The actor explained that he was interested if his character’s appearance was “meaningful” and replied: “It depends on what you do with the character, but I would be delighted.”

Abrams had apparently asked Shatner to keep their conversation to himself but Shatner told the crowd: “It’s all over the Internet that the director had held an interview and said they want Shatner and Nimoy to be in the next movie. I’ll bet you JJ’s frothing at the mouth at this point. So the news is out that they have an idea that they want Leonard and myself… they might want Leonard and myself in it. But I would love to do it. But how do you get me 50 years later into the movie? I mean how do you rationalize it. I know it’s science fiction, but even I couldn’t come up with an idea. So that’s the news on that.”

Shatner last appeared as Captain Kirk 20 years ago in Star Trek: Generations.

JJ Abrams rebooted the franchise with Star Trek in 2009 featuring Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock. The 2012 follow up Star Trek Into Darkness starred Benedict Cumberbatch as old school Trek villain Khan.

Star Trek 3 will be directed by Robert Orci and is scheduled for release in 2016. It will mark the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry’s original TV show. Watch Shatner talking Star Trek in the video below.