Star Trek legend William Shatner desperate for Corrie cameo in sci-fi storyline

William Shatner is ready to boldly go into Coronation Street for its first major sci-fi storyline.

But show bosses think his idea is too wacky – and warned he would find life on the soap more dangerous than going into space.

The world’s oldest astronaut, 90, has been a fan of the ITV soap for years.

He joked when fans asked him if he would appear on Corrie: “They are working on a UFO crash storyline with me as the central character who comes in and buys the pub and turns it into a tourist crash site tchotchkes (bric-a-brac) shop!”

A Coronation Street spokesperson said: “We may have just had collapsing sinkholes, terrible storms, car crashes, explosions and escaped convicts, but I think aliens might be a stretch too far, even for Weatherfield.

“That said, if William were ever to appear in the show, he would probably find it a lot more dangerous than going into space.

“After all, Coronation Street is life, Jim, but not as we know it….”

Shatner is such a fan of Corrie he recorded a video message for the show last year to mark its 60th anniversary.

He also said in 2019 he would love a part into the series.

The Canadian-born actor, famed for playing Captain James T Kirk in the original 1960s Star Trek series, said: “I don’t ever recall being asked to appear in Coronation Street so maybe one day I’ll get beamed up to the Rovers Return.

“In Star Trek we roved the universe so turning up in the Rovers Return would be great.”

Shatner’s fans posted on his Twitter feed saying they would love to watch him in Corrie.

One gushed: “Finally, a storyline in a British soap that I would want to watch!”, while another added: “I can’t wait to watch that episode.”

Shatner earlier this month became Earth’s oldest man in space after he blasted to the edge of the cosmos in billionaire Jeff Bezos’ willy-shaped Blue Origin rocket.

He also revealed in a Q&A session with fans he believed depressing British and wacky Latin American soap operas, known as telenovas, were the work of the establishment to keep the public content with their lot.

He said: “Two different ideologies: British soaps portray a life so miserable that it convinces the Brits that their lives aren’t so bad. The telenovelas make you think your life is normal because everyone in those acts crazy!”

Corrie has form for the appearance of “aliens”.

A 2011 episode of Corrie saw “aliens” appear on the show.

Characters Brian Packham, played by Peter Gunn, 58, and Julie Carp (Katy Cavanagh, 47) went on an alien-spotting date.

They ended up getting tricked into thinking the truth is out there when Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall, 39) and Tommy Duckworth (played by axed actor Chris Fountain, 34) pranked them by flying a toy UFO in the sky on a fishing rod.

Corrie icon Betty Driver, who died in 2011 aged 91, said she and her sister Freda saw UFOs twice in real life in the 1970s – but only told UFO expert and ex-CID officer John Hanson out of fear they would be ridiculed for their claims.

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