Can William Shatner Help Chicago Land Amazon’s HQ2?
Chicago’s bid to land Amazon’s much-coveted HQ2 has taken on a sci-fi element.
Several alderman on Wednesday got a sneak preview of the city’s video presentation to the online giant, only to discover the narration is by none other than actor William Shatner.
How the 86 year old—best known for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” series—became part of the city’s pitch has not been revealed. But it might just appeal to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. He’s reportedly a huge fan of the cult series and even made a cameo appearance as an alien in last year’s “Star Trek: Beyond.”
A city spokesman would not say how much Shatner was paid to voice the video which is being funded by the city’s economic development agency World Business Chicago.
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