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Damon Says He is Not Kirk

Published September 18, 2006 in Movie Rumors
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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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 know.

Check out the entire report over at IESB.

Stay tuned for updates.

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