Hollywood actor Matt Damon is being lined up to fill William Shatner's shoes as the new CAPTAIN KIRK in the next Star Trek movie. MISSION: Impossible III director Jj Abrams wants Damon to play the legendary character in the film, which will follow Kirk and SPOCK's younger years at a space academy. And Abrams has Shatner's approval. An insider says, "Shatner gave his blessing."