In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg for an episode of the Awards Chatter podcast, William Shatner spoke about coming back for Star Trek Beyond as Captain Kirk.
The actor revealed that Captain Kirk's death in Star Trek: Generations was not really a deterrent to him for a possible return. In fact Shatner had started co-authoring books Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden through Star Trek: The Next Generation.
"When we finished our movies - the six movies I made - we were putting Kirk into glasses, graying hair, a little old. I wrote a series of novels [in which] they allowed me to tell my story of Captain Kirk. So in a series of Star Trek novels, half a dozen of them, I - taking from my own life, of life and death and love and loss - I created this whole world of Star Trek for Captain Kirk," he said. "I would have loved to have done them [as movies]," he said.
He added that he would definitely consider playing Captain Kirk again if an interesting character arc was written out.
"I would play an old Captain Kirk, absolutely," he said. "You would have [to have] an interesting character, not a cameo, like, 'Here I am, aren't I interesting?' It's the ongoing world; it's the world within science-fiction. Yes, you age within the universe. Time goes on - but time bends, as well. There's so many things you could do."
The movie will be released on July 22.
Watch a behind-the-scenes from Star Trek Beyond: