People in the News: Shatner not aboard next 'Star Trek' This may qualify as "Star Trek" sacrilege: the decision not to cast William Shatner as the original Capt. James T. Kirk in the next big-screen incarnation of the sci-fi staple. Other characters from the original series are slated to appear in the film; Chris Pines will play the young Kirk. To rub more salt into Shatner's sizable wounded ego, his buddy, Leonard Nimoy, is going to be in the movie, presumably as the older Spock in some kind of flashback mode. "I couldn't believe it. I'm not in the movie at all. Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me," Shatner, 76, said Thursday. "I thought, what a decision to make, since it obviously is a decision not to make use of the popularity I have to ensure the movie has good box office. It didn't seem to be a wise business decision." Director J.J. Abrams announced last summer that Nimoy would once again step into the logical role that imprinted Vulcan behavior on thousands of fans through the 1960s television show and again in six big-screen flicks. Abrams had said Shatner probably would have a part in the film, due in theaters in December 2008. But Shatner said nothing came of the meetings he had with Abrams.