The Captain of the USS Enterprise has spoken
The actress – best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise – died in 2016.
It was a case of two sci-fi universes colliding as Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek joined Star Wars actor Mark Hamill in calling for Fisher’s legacy to be recognised.
Shatner directed his tweet at the official Star Wars account, asking “what are we going to do about it?”.
After his initial tweet was welcomed with thousands of likes, he urged his followers for calm; later reporting that he had asked Carrie Fisher’s family for their support.
Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, last week suggested Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is replaced with one honouring Fisher.
The US President’s star on Hollywood Boulevard has been the focus of much attention recently, it was vandalised with a pickaxe in June and last week it was announced that Hollywood had voted to remove Donald Trump’s star. The West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution that urges the Los Angeles City Council and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to permanently remove his star.
There are currently 2,600 figures immortalised in gold stars on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.
It costs $40,000 (£31,300) to nominate a star for the Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce then decides whether to accept the nomination.
It can be a timely process and posthumous awards require a five-year waiting period. Hamill was only recently awarded his own star in February, a move that Shatner described as having taken “eleventy bajillion years”.
Shatner received his Walk of Fame star in 1983 and he may have already earmarked the perfect spot for Fisher, tweeting “there is room on my side of the street”.