Matt Damon's dreams of playing CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK in moviemaker J.J. ABRAMS' new film have been dashed - because the director thinks he's too old. Damon admits he called the Mission: Impossible 3 director when he heard he'd be taking charge of Star Trek XI - and begged to play Kirk. He says, "I actually called J.J. because I kept hearing these rumours but he was like, `No, you're way too old.'" Pop star Robbie Williams is among the favourites to play Kirk after Abrams namechecked the Angels singer in a recent interview.