Matt Damon to play the young Captain Kirk in the next Star Trek movie? Well, maybe. Read on:
It’s the holiday season and that means stories are scarce in the entertainment world. Here’s one constructed from various Internet rumours and half-quotes — enjoy!
According to SCI-FI Wire, Matt Damon would play a young Captain Kirk in the proposed next addition to the venerable Star Trek franchise.
Don’t set your phasers to HOORAY! just yet, Trekkies…Trekkers…whatever. Damon hasn’t been offered the role and, in fact, there’s no conclusive proof the role is even available.
Much speculation surrounds the plot of the upcoming Trek film, which will be produced and directed by Mission: Impossible III wunderkind, J.J. Abrams. Geeks everywhere have instantly assumed the flick will be a prequel of sorts, chronicling the first meeting between James T. Kirk and his Vulcan BFF Mr. Spock — hence the Damon connection to the role of Kirk. However the premise of the film still remains mystery.
William Shatner, who played Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series and films, had originally said (perhaps facetiously) the role is “uncastable” as no one could match his iconic turn as the randy spacefarer. However, Shatner has reportedly changed his mind, giving Damon the thumbs-up.
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