EXCLUSIVE: William Shatner Speaks Out About New Star Trek

Apr. 30 2009, Published 3:29 p.m. ET

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He has boldly gone where no man has gone before. He has fought Klingons, Romulans and found romance with countless alien females.

But William Shatner, considered by purists as THE Captain James T. Kirk is nowhere to be found in the new Star Trek movie that premieres Thursday night in Los Angeles. Instead movie goers will see Chris Pine starring as a young Kirk, while Paramount tries to reinvigorate the 43-year-old franchise with director J.J. Abrams.

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Speaking exclusively to as the new movie debuted, Shatner said: “I’m delighted that there has been new blood coursing through the veins of Star Trek with J.J. Abrams and his team.

“I’m sure we can look forward to many more iterations of the beloved franchise.  And who knows? Perhaps the old Kirk will meet the new Kirk."

Somewhere in the universe, we’re pretty sure that Mr. Spock is raising one eyebrow. (Photo: WENN)



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