William Shatner rules out Star Trek: Picard role

William Shatner

William Shatner won't be reprising his iconic role as Captain James T. Kirk in Amazon Prime Video's Star Trek: Picard.

The 88-year-old actor originally played Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series from 1966 to 1969, and returned to voice the character in the short-lived Star Trek: The Animated Series four years later.

While fans on Twitter pleaded for the actor to appear alongside Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, and Michelle Hurd in the new show, he was quick to dismiss the idea.

"No. I think Kirk’s story is pretty well played out at this point," he insisted.

William added: "What was any different about my statement on Kirk that I haven’t said before? I don’t do cameos (that one stretches back to 2008 & JJ) Kirk’s story is well told out of any other captain’s story."

"Kirk died in Generations. What is really left? Adventures in the ribbon?" the star joked.

Star Trek: Picard has already been commissioned for a second season and, back in January, actor Patrick reunited with his Star Trek: The Next Generation co-star Whoopi Goldberg on her U.S. talk show The View, and presented her with an offer to return to the franchise as El-Aurian bar hostess Guinan.

"I am here with a formal invitation for you, Whoopi," he began. "(Writer) Alex Kurtzman, who is the senior executive producer of Star Trek: Picard, and all his colleagues, of which I am one, want to invite you into the second season."

As an overjoyed Whoopi moved in for a hug, Stewart added, "Will you say yes?", to which she replied, "Yes!"


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