Leonard Nimoy will not reprise his role as the Elder Spock in the planned sequel to the revamped Star Trek film directed by J.J Abrams, he said today at a panel discussion at Dragon*Con 2009.
“There are no plans for me to return for the second movie,” he said in response to a question asked by an attendee.
William Shatner, who has been absence from the convention scene for the past few years, joined Nimoy on stage for a discussion that began with a playful exchange about why Shatner wasn’t featured in the new movie.
Shatner admitted he’s never seen the movie, but not because of any sort of grudge.
“I think the Spock character is very well established as portrayed by Zachary Quinto. And I think if you saw the movie Bill, you’d say the same of Chris Pine,” Nimoy said.
After a long pause from Shatner, he replied with the classic Shatner-esque: “…Bullshit” — causing the audience to erupt in laughter and softening the blow that Nimoy would no longer be a part of the universe he helped create.
“I ain’t seen the movie ya’ll,” Shatner quipped back in his best Southern accent.
Check back later (with the internet upload speeds suck less) for video clips of the Dragon*Con Panel.