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Esther Zuckerman
September 29, 2014 AT 02:18 PM EDT

The original Captain Kirk has confirmed that he might be making a return to the franchise in the upcoming Star Trek film set to be directed by Roberto Orci. Appearing at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con Saturday, Shatner explained that he got a call from J.J. Abrams regarding the project. “He said, ‘I’m calling, Bill, because the director of Star Trek, the next movie, has had an idea where you might be involved. So I’m calling to find out whether you’d be interested,'” Shatner recalled Abrams saying. “I said, well, you know, if it’s meaningful.”

Shatner explained that the notoriously secretive Abrams told him to keep mum, but word got out on the Internet. “So the news is out that they have an idea that they want Leonard and myself—they might want Leonard and myself,” Shatner.

Badass Digest reported last week that “the script for Star Trek 3 includes a scene that reteams Shatner and Nimoy onscreen as Kirk and Spock for the first time in canon since 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.” Following that report, however, Shatner pleaded ignorance.

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