'Star Trek': William Shatner Would 'Absolutely' Play an Older Captain Kirk if Given the Chance

"Star Trek" star William Shatner -- who played Captain Kirk in the original series -- shared he'd return to the franchise as an older Captain Kirk, so long as it was an interesting role.

"I would play an old Captain Kirk, absolutely," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "You would have [to have] an interesting character, not a cameo, like 'Here I am, aren't I interesting?' It's the ongoing world, it's the world within science-fiction. Yes, you age within the universe. Time goes on, but time bends, as well. There's so many things you could do."

Shatner almost appeared in 2009's "Star Trek," getting so far as a meeting with director J.J. Abrams, but the cameo didn't end up happening. "How would they handle it, in science-fiction terms?" he asked. "I'm older, I'm heavier, I'm — all the problems of age. So what did Captain Kirk do? Die and age? Doesn't sound science-fictiony enough. Or maybe you make him really old. I don't know. It seems to have beggared Abrams' imagination."

Directed by Justin Lin from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, "Star Trek Beyond" -- the next installment in the "Star Trek" franchise -- stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Sofia Boutella and Idris Elba. The film opens July 22.

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