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To boldly go or not?: William Shatner in Star Trek 3

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Keith Uhlich

Oh Twittersphere, how we love thee. Earlier this morning, William Shatner posted a now-deleted tweet ("I'm baaaaccckk!!!") on his official account. The folks at the Hollywood Reporter coupled this with a prior story from Badass Digest and took it to mean that the Shat was returning to the role that made his career (Capt./Admiral James T. Kirk) in the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise. (Read our own reviews of the first two films in the new series: Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013).) 

Bill S. quickly worked to debunk the rumor in a followup tweet, but the story had already blown up to "print the legend" proportions. And let's admit, there's some giddiness-stoking fun to be had in the possibility (however remote) that old Captain Kirk may be back to share the screen with his younger self, played by Chris Pine. (If Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto can do it…) Only time will tell if Shatner might really know more than he'd prefer to let on. Let's dream until then.

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