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Back in June a report slipped online that claimed
director JJ Abrams was interested in having Matt Damon play James T. Kirk
in the next Star Trek movie.
Damon has finally spoken out on the rumor and, to the disappointment of
the rumor Gods, claims he hasn't heard anything on the project.
Matt Damon Talks Captain Kirk
Before we begin with the interview, here is the scoop from TheInsider
to refresh your memory.
Will MATT DAMON get beamed up? Could
happen. I'm told J.J. ABRAMS is very interested in casting the Oscar-winning
Damon as a young Captain Kirk in the upcoming 'Star Trek' movie that he's
directing and producing. He's so interested that he's apparently already
sought support from the original Kirk, WILLIAM SHATNER. "Shatner gave his
blessing," my source says. "J.J. got his approval." Damon first popped up
in Trekkie circles as soon as the Abrams-'Star Trek' deal was announced.
Rumor had it that the new movie would center on Kirk and Spock's early days
at a space academy. "J.J. wants Damon as Capt. Kirk," my source reports.
"He really loves the idea."
The good people over at IESB
have recently caught up to Matt Damon through The Departed
press junket and laid the whole Kirk question out on the table. What did
Damon have to say about the rumor?
Damon was quick to say he hadn't heard anything about it. His publicist
added that Abrams was joking when he said he would choose Matt to play Kirk
and it's nothing serious. As we followed his publicist into the elevator
we got a little more, "I think that it [the rumor] came out of a junket
he [Abrams] was doing in Asia for Mission Impossible and from my understanding
it was one of those hypothetical questions actors always get about who they'd
like to work with and JJ threw Matt's name out there. But we've never heard
anything on our end. I even called Endeavor, Matt's agency, to see if they
had heard anything - they hadn't.
It would seem that though Abrams may be interested in working with Damon,
it does not look to be for the next Star Trek. Paramount,
however, has remained pretty hush-hush on the project so you really never