Last week the internet learned of a new rumor that said both Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner were wanted for a major cameo in 2016’s third Star Trek movie. Not long after, both Bob Orci and Shatner commented on the rumor leading some sites to prematurely believe the rumor was “debunked”.
This weekend was a lesson as to why you don’t immediately jump to say “debunked”, as Shatner confirmed that JJ Abrams did call him about the cameo. He did it at the Nashville Wizard World Comic Con, and Trek Movie has a transcript of what he said:
So now I get this call and he is going to call me back and a week and a half goes by and he never called me. I wonder if he is going to call me? Maybe it is a trick? Maybe it is TMZ? Could he be that cruel. So he calls and says “Iâ€™m calling, Bill, because the director of the Star Trek movie, the next one, has had an idea where you might be involved in it. So I am calling to see if you would be interested.” I said “Oh, yeah. If it is meaningful.” When Leonard was Spock in that first movie, I said to Leonard “you know when you go back in time you are still old.” So it depends on what you do with the character. I said “I would be delighted.” And he said “you canâ€™t say anything.” And I said “I wont even tell my wife. I wont tell anyone. I wouldnâ€™t do that, JJ.”
Obviously since it’s leaked all of the internet, Shatner feels safe talking about it now.