'I'm going to be a rocket man!' - You're not dreaming, William Shatner is really going to space!

04 October 2021 - 16:59
A young William Shatner as Capt James T Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock in 'Star Trek'.
A young William Shatner as Capt James T Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr Spock in 'Star Trek'.
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We know it's a TV show, but it's hard not to get excited at the life imitating art when Star Trek legend William Shatner is heading to space.

Shatner, who played the role of Capt James T. Kirk on the iconic TV series, was announced among the crew on a Blue Origin rocket set to lift off on October 12.

Blue Origin is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

According to TMZ, the 90-year-old actor will ride in the company's New Shepard capsule. 

Not only will it be historic for the role he played, but the feat will also make Shatner the oldest person ever to make the "Trek" into space.

Taking to social media, Shatner couldn't hide his excitement. He told fans he was now able to spill the beans that he is “going to be a rocket man”.

The publication claims the flight of about 15 minutes will be filmed as part of a documentary.

Shatner has authored several books about his time as Captain Kirk and the Star Trek universe. He has also co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe.

Maybe he will show his crew SA from space. After all, he is a big fan of the country.

He has visited South Africa on several occasions, shooting adverts and series. He also spoke at Comic Con Africa in 2019.

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