I've always been a moderate Star Trek fan. I've never been a die hard fan so when it came for the reboot movie, I didn't have a huge amount of concerns. It turned out I did really enjoy the movie. J.J. Abrams and co. did a great job reviving the franchise. The cameo by Leonard Nimoy was a nice touch that made sense in the movie.
What about a William Shatner cameo? Could that work in the next movie?
According to The West (an Australian Yahoo site), J. J. Abrams is thinking about making it happen. There was some outcry that Shatner didn't appear in the first along with Nimoy. Abrams response to this makes sense:
So Abrams admits they wanted him on board, just making it so was another issue. Abrams also stated that he would love to work with Shatner and even has a lunch date set with him.
The problem was his character died on screen in one of his Trek films and because we decided, very early on, that we wanted to adhere to Trek canon as best we could ... the required machinations to get Shatner into the movie would have been very difficult to do given the story we wanted to tell and also to give him the kind of part that he would be happy with.
It was this thing where it would have felt like a gimmick in order to get Shatner in the movie, which would have honestly, to me, been distracting.
I just wonder if having him in would be a good idea. Yes, it's a nice nod and acknowledgment to the man but I do wonder if it would be gimmicky or distracting. You have to decide if it's essential to the movie or if it will just be a cameo to make fans happy. What are your thoughts? Should Shatner appear in the next movie? Should he play a future-Kirk or another character?