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William Shatner’s STAR TREK 3 Cameo Might Muddy the Franchise’s Continuity Further

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


It’s been too quiet lately in regards to Shatner-Gate.  For the past few weeks there have been whispers, an unconvincing denial, and then a semi-confirmation that Shatner’s cameo in Star Trek 3 was coming together after being left out of the first two films in J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot franchise reboot.  And now we have what seems to be some solid details on the scene itself. The film will be directed by Roberto Orci and will hit theaters in 2016.


Per Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, Shatner will share the screen with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy, which star-trek-into-darkness-zachary-quinto-chris-pine3-600x400should make for an interesting convergence of old and new:

My sources are now telling me that not only will Shatner be in the movie, his scene will have him meeting Chris Pine. Also in that scene: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy. But if my sources are steering me correct this won’t be original timeline Spock – it’ll be future alt-timeline Kirk and Spock. Basically the scene will have Kirk and Spock interacting with their future selves.

Faraci pretty much always has reliable sources, so I wouldn’t waste too much time wondering about the veracity of this.  I have no idea what it actually means though, since I’m sort of confused on the alternate timeline “rules” as laid out by Abrams’ first two films. So the splinter timeline will interact with their future selves giving us 3 Spocks?

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