“He is very upset and has been lobbying for a role. He can’t understand why they would want Leonard and not him,” the Daily Express quoted the source as saying.
Shatner’s misery, however, has not put any impact on Star Trek XI director J J Abrams so far.
These developments have now reopened a bitter feud between Shatner and Nimoy that dates back 41 years to the launch of the vintage soap opera in space.
It has also revived the lingering animosity that simmered behind the scenes of Star Trek, with many of the cast admitting to loathing Shatner.
“People say you’re a pompous, arrogant, egotistical, self-centred, narcissistic jerk,” 74-year-old Nichelle Nichols, who played communications officer Uhura, recently told Shatner.
“I don’t think you’re narcissistic,” she smiled and added.