William Shatner notably declined an invitation to be involved in the Star Trek reboot film series that J.J. Abrams kicked off in 2009, but he is open to being involved in the upcoming prequel TV series Star Trek Discovery.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour this week, Shatner told TV Guide that he would consider returning for the new TV series “If I were useful.” He said this after lamenting the way in which his Star Trek co-star and friend Leonard Nimoy was used in the Star Trek reboot and its sequel, 2013’s Into Darkness.
Shatner calls Nimoy’s cameo in those films “a waste of time” because the actor was not given enough to do in either film to justify his appearance. “He’s so talented,” Shatner said of Nimoy, who passed away in February 2015. “Why didn’t they do something more with him?”
Star Trek Discovery is being developed by Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller and will make its debut on CBS this coming January. The show will be part of the original timeline and set prior to the adventures of Captain Kirk (Shatner) and his crew aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Discovery will feature a brand new ship called the U.S.S. Discovery and a new cast of characters.