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No Star Trek for Shatner

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Some Trekkies are having heart palpitations over this: William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, will not be in the 2008 release of Star Trek. While Leonard Nimoy gets to play the resurrection of his character, Spock, there is no place for Shatner and the cocky and horny Boston Legal character is disappointed, he told the Associated Press: 'I couldn't believe it. I'm not in the movie at all. Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me. 'I thought, what a decision to make, since it obviously is a decision not to make use of the popularity I have to ensure the movie has good box office. It didn't seem to be a wise business decision.''

However, there is good news in all of this, at least for fans of LOST and Alias and those obsessed with the January 18th release of the untitled movie (you really must see this preview if you haven't). Producer JJ Abrams is in charge and if you have faith in him, you know the next Star Trek will be a blast, even for those of us who do not lead a Trekified life.

As anything with Abrams, the plot is secret, but we do know that the film tells an early story aboard the starship Enterprise. Chris Pine will play the young Captain Kirk with Zachary Quinto (Sylar from Heroes).

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As for Shatner, he'll still be the hilarious and ingenious Denny Crane that we all love and adore on Boston Legal.

Photo by TCM Hitchhiker via Flickr