William Shatner may has dismissed talk that he will appear in the upcoming Star Trek: Beyond but he says he would still like to reprise his role on the Enterprise.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, 84-year-old Shatner said: "I would play an old Captain Kirk, absolutely,"

"You would have [to have] an interesting character, not a cameo, like, 'Here I am, aren't I interesting?' It's the ongoing world; it's the world within science-fiction. Yes, you age within the universe. Time goes on - but time bends, as well. There's so many things you could do."

Shatner's Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy, who passed away last year

He added: "When we finished our movies - the six movies I made - we were putting Kirk into glasses, greying hair, a little old. I wrote a series of novels [in which] they allowed me to tell my story of Captain Kirk.

"So in a series of Star Trek novels, half a dozen of them, I - taking from my own life, of life and death and love and loss - I created this whole world of Star Trek for Captain Kirk. I would have loved to have done them [as movies]."

However, Shatner did say how close he’d come to making a return to Star Trek in JJ Abrams' 2009’s reboot.

"How would they handle it, in science-fiction terms? I'm older, I'm heavier, I'm - all the problems of age,” he said.

“So what did Captain Kirk do? Die and age? Doesn't sound science-fiction-y enough. Or maybe you make him really old. I don't know. It seems to have beggared Abrams' imagination."