"I did (approach Damon), but not for the role of James Kirk. I went to Damon for the role of Kirk's father, and he declined in the most gracious and understandable and logical of reasons. We lucked out with Chris Hemsworth, and he did a great job." Star Trek director J.J. ABRAMS wanted Matt Damon to play CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK's father in the 2009 remake, but was turned down.