The actor admits he had "some conversations early on" with Orci, and then sat and listened to a leaked plot when he ran into a well-informed reporter at an airport.

Shatner tells WENN, "He came to me and said, 'Tell us about Star Trek 3'. I said, 'I know nothing.' He said, 'Well, we know the scene you're in'. They told me the scene I was in. I literally knew nothing and this guy said he had read the scene!

"But the director that I talked to was fired, so somebody else is at the helm, so I have no idea."