Robbie Williams is reportedly in discussions to make his film debut as Captain James T Kirk in Star Trek XI.

The Stoke-born popstar voiced the part of Dougal in The Magic Roundabout remake in 2005, but has since turned down a number of starring roles.

Now Robbie, 33, is talking to director JJ Abrams about taking on the role of Captain Kirk in the upcoming Star Trek film, reports the Daily Star. The character was originally made famous by William Shatner in the sci-fi television series, which first aired in 1966.

Abrams, who co-created hit series Lost, said: “I think he would be a good Captain Kirk. The Kirk in my movie is quite young – it’s like the early years.

“But I can’t comment on who we are casting just yet. You’ll have to wait and see.”

Leonard Nimoy will be playing Spock in the movie, while Heroes actor Zachary Quinto will play the role of the young Spock. The 30-year-old said: “It is pretty incredible to be part of something so iconic.”

Abrams is also hoping to find a way to bring William Shatner into the film. “We are desperately trying to find a way to put him in this movie,” he explained.