William Shatner tells fans he's been asked to return to "Star Trek"

The actor known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk reportedly got a call from J.J. Abrams

By Sarah Gray

Published September 29, 2014 3:18PM (EDT)

      (AP/Matt Sayles)
(AP/Matt Sayles)

William Shatner may be reprising his now-famous role as Captain James T. Kirk in the original "Star Trek," which aired in the late 1960s. Shatner told fans at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con that J.J. Abrams called him -- the first time in years -- about the part. Abrams produced the most recent two movie reboots of "Star Trek," and is producing the third.

"'The director of the Star Trek movie, the next one, has had an idea where you might be involved in it," Abrams said, according to Shatner. "'So I am calling to see if you would be interested.'"

"Oh, yeah. If it is meaningful … So, it depends on what you do with the character, I'd be delighted," was Shatner's reply.

"Star Trek 3" is still unnamed, and is being directed by Roberto Orci. According to reports from Badassdigest.com, Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock, will appear on-screen with Shatner's Kirk for the first time since "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" in 1991. Watch Shatner below:

h/t the Verge

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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