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Shatner To Return As Kirk? Urban Signed as McCoy?

By Michelle
October 17, 2007 - 10:49 PM

Ever since the casting of Leonard Nimoy in a reprisal of his role as Spock in the upcoming Star Trek movie, William Shatner has been appearing at conventions and on talk shows lamenting that he has not been invited to play Captain Kirk. He claimed that the character's death in Generations made his return as the older Kirk impossible.

But now Hercules, the well-known reviewer and editor at Ain't It Cool News, is saying not to cry for Shatner yet. In a comment on the web site's bulletin board, Hercules wrote, "By the way. All publicity about Shatner not playing Old Kirk in the movie is [a] lie. Word to your mother."

"I know a whole f___ing lot about this movie that you do not," Hercules added when fans expressed skepticism, pointing out that he also knew that James McAvoy would not be playing Scotty while other web sites claimed that McAvoy was in the running.

Ain't It Cool News has leaked alleged plot details from the film, claiming that it would involve the Romulans - a fact seemingly confirmed by the casting of Eric Bana as a Romulan villain.

In addition, AICN and several other web sites are now confirming that Karl Urban - a longtime colleague of Star Trek screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci from their Xena days - will play Dr. McCoy in the upcoming film.

"He's Cast, Jim!" wrote Merrick at Ain't It Cool News, saying that his sources claim the casting of Urban "is "pretty much a done deal."

However, Paramount has made no official statement about the casting yet.

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