Star Trek legend William Shatner is set to become a real-life Captain James T. Kirk after landing a spot on Jeff Bezos’ rocket ship into space.
Although he won’t be boldly going where no man has been before after the billionaire already ventured into the final frontier, the actor will become the oldest ever astronaut.
A source said: “They are few more famous spacemen than James T. Kirk so it is only fitting William is to finally make it into space.
“Rumours are that Jeff has given a seat to William for free despite others paying millions to venture into space."
The 90-year-old is slated to join the second crew to take the space flight in the New Shepard capsule next month.
Shatner is claimed to have accepted a seat on the 15th-minute civilian flight as part of a documentary.
It is not yet known who will be joining the actor on the flight.
Shatner found worldwide fame becoming a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise.
He landed the role in 1966 last playing the famous space explorer during the opening of the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.
Shatner also played the starring role as the titular police officer T. J. Hooker, which ran from 1982 to 1986.
In July Bezos, 57, completed his historic mission into space, ensuring a same-day delivery of the world's youngest and oldest ever astronauts.
Within minutes of touching down at Launch Site One, west Texas, the planet's richest human announced his spaceflight firm, Blue Origin, was now open for ticket sales.
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His rocket, New Shepard, soared higher than billionaire space race winner Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, reaching more than 66 miles above the Earth.
Alongside Bezos on the flight was his brother, Mark, 53, former test pilot Wally Funk and Dutch teenage physics student Oliver Daemon.
At 82, Funk became the oldest person to ever go into space while 18-year-old Daemon, whose multimillion father bid for his seat, was the youngest.
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