Shatner Upset Over Star Trek Exclusion


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It appears the friendly rivalry between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy is going to extend beyond Priceline commercials. While Nimoy is reprising his role as Spock in the Star Trek reboot, Shatner has not been invited back to play Captain Kirk and he's feeling the sting of being the odd man out.

''I couldn't believe it. I'm not in the movie at all," Shatner reportedly said on Thursday. "I thought, what a decision to make, since it obviously is a decision not to make use of the popularity I have to ensure the movie has good box office. It didn't seem to be a wise business decision.''

Shatner met with Star Trek director J.J. Abrams several times to discuss the film, but ultimately nothing came out of it.

"Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me," Shatner said, ''Having been in on the creation of it, I was hoping to be in on the re-creation.''

Plot details remain closely guarded for the eleventh Star Trek movie. Casting news, on the other hand, spills out from Paramount frequently, including Zachary Quinto as young Spock, and Chris Pine as lord of the Enterprise manor, Captain Kirk.

Star Trek is scheduled for a Christmas 2008 release.

Source: Associated Press