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William Shatner Says VR Is The Key To Bringing His Capt. Kirk Back To Star Trek

William Shatner Says VR Is The Key To Bringing His Capt. Kirk Back To Star Trek

William Shatner, who hasn’t played the role of Star Trek‘s Captain James T. Kirk in more than 20 years — aside from an appearance at the Oscars a few years ago and reading Kirk’s his autobiography — believes that virtual reality and CGI is the key to his return as the iconic character.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Shatner, now 86, said:

I recently connected with a virtual reality company Ziva and they have virtual-realized me in 240 cameras all around shooting me. So they can now produce my body and my face in any way, shape, or form — including what I was like 50 years ago.

Shatner’s Captain Kirk was of course killed by Tolian Soran while trying to save the inhabitants of Veridian IV and his Enterprise crew in 1994’s Star Trek: Generations.

Last year, Shatner said he was ready to play Kirk once again but noted that the problem is that there is already a “youthful existence” (Chris Pine’s Kirk) already in the captain’s chair.

Check out the video below.

Do you think Shatner should return as a CGI Kirk? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Beetlescott

    February 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been a Trekkie since I was 10 in 1966. I personally think it would be a great thing to give Mr. Shatner a chance shine a Capt Kirk again, Like Leonard Nimoy did. Even if it was like Peter Cushing or Carrie Fisher on Star Wars Rouge One. Any way to get Captain Kirk back on screen!!!!!

  2. Markus McLaughlin

    February 4, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I’m all for it!!! Leonard Nimoy’s Spock could also return, like Tarkin in Rogue One!!!

  3. Arron Ratcliff

    February 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    It would be nice to see my Captain Kirk back on the screen for one more wild cowboy diplomacy galaxy saving moment.Nothing against Chris Pine But William Shatner’s James T. Kirk was my first captain and will all ways be the best captain in my eyes.

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  4. William Schubert

    February 4, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Wish this would have existed for Doohan, Kelley, and Nimoy.

  5. Scott Mantooth

    February 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    still think there are plenty of adventures left to tell and sectors of the galaxy to explore…probably inevitable that all actors will be required to do this to prevent film delays or allow them to “act” in multiple movies at the same time

  6. Akiva1

    February 5, 2018 at 7:43 pm


  7. sherry wallis

    February 6, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I thought the way the writers ended Kirk’s life was mor ethan a little shabby. Not at all the way such a hero should go. More like a footnote to the story than an important part. I love Chris Pine, and, yet, I wouldn’t begrudge James T. Kirk another round as Captain of the Enterprise.

  8. Mark Harrison

    February 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm


  9. Sara Kenney

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    yes yes yes!! I want to see Captain Kirk back on the screen, it would be such a cool VR experience too for a game.

  10. Randy Mckenzie

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    It’s easy to bring Kirk back. He is still caught in the “ribbon”. No one can say that the Kirk that left that Ribbon was “the” actual Kirk. There are also duplicates of PIcard and Guinan in the Ribbon as well. The Ribbon allows you to be part of it and also leave it, but your actual spirit and form remain forever in the Ribbon. So that means countless Kirks are in the Ribbon all leading different lives based on past experiences… So why can’t someone figure that out in the Star Trek universe and purposely draw him out of the Ribbon as it passes another planet. In other words, they can purposely try to pull Kirk out from the Ribbon. Maybe the story could be about a scientist that is trying to bring “everyone” back that ever got swept up into the Ribbon! And Kirk would just be one of those people. I’m happy to write the script if needed! If you are going to kill Kirk, then it should be on the bridge of the Enterprise in an effort to save his own crew who got to safety by fleeing to the Enterprise D, and his last words should have been to his ship “I’ll never leave you…” as he sits in his chair and the ship goes down in a blaze of glory. … (not to mention he also then dies alone, as he always knew he would per Star Trek 5)

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