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William Shatner shuts door on Kirk return to Star Trek

Picard may be back, but don't expect Captain Kirk to star in his own series.


William Shatner as James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek.


The arrival of Star Trek: Picard on streaming service CBS All Access has left fans counting the cameos as beloved characters from previous Trek shows return to the small screen. Captain James T. Kirk won't be among them.

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William Shatner, who led the original Star Trek television show and movies as Kirk, answered a fan's query on Twitter on Sunday. The fan wanted to know if CBS All Access would consider a Kirk series along the lines of Picard. 

Shatner's response was short and strong: "No. I think Kirk's story is pretty well played out at this point."

Some fans might want to forget Kirk's fate as it was presented in the 1994 movie Star Trek: Generations. Kirk didn't survive the film. It wasn't pretty, but it may end up being the last word on Shatner's portrayal of the iconic Starfleet captain. 

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