You could win a walk-on role in Star Trek Beyond, and we have the details.
Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot, and Omaze, a fundraising platform that is about “creating the chance to live your dream experience by helping our world’s non-profit organizations realize their dreams”, are launching Star Trek: To Boldly Go, a charity campaign that will allow one very lucky fan to win a walk-on role in Star Trek Beyond, currently in principal photography in Vancouver.
The initiative, which starts today and runs through September 1st, will also give six other fans a chance to get behind the scenes:
…six additional winners will be randomly selected each week to form our Star Trek: To Boldly Go crew. As a member of the honorary crew, you’ll visit the set, meet the cast, and be among the first to witness scenes from the latest voyage of the USS Enterprise.
The rewards program for donating is considerable, ranging from a campaign badge (for $10) all the way to a replica of the Captain’s Chair (for a $100,000 donation). The donations will be split evenly among nine causes, each one picked by a member of the cast and one by Susan Nimoy, in honor of her husband Leonard:
• Brave Beginnings — an organization dedicated to ensuring that ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical need. Nominated by Zoe Saldana.
• Camp Sunshine — a place where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families can regroup, reenergize, and restore hope for the future. Nominated by Anton Yelchin.
• Direct Relief —a leading medical relief organization that is improving the health of people in need worldwide. Nominated by Zachary Quinto.
• Heaven Homes — an organization helping establish children’s homes and centers, while providing secure, safe and loving environments where children can be nurtured to realize their full potential. Nominated by Idris Elba.
• KidsCan — an organization that provides food, clothing and healthcare to disadvantaged youth in New Zealand. Nominated by Karl Urban.
• Koreatown Youth & Community Center — an organization serving the evolving needs of the Korean American population in the greater Los Angeles area as well as the multiethnic Koreatown community. Nominated by John Cho.
• Make-A-Wish — whose remarkable work is making wishes come true every day for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. Nominated by Chris Pine.
• Time is Precious — an organization helping to create a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for children, which in return helps assist with their treatment and recovery. Nominated by Simon Pegg.
• St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — an organization that is leading the way in advancing cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Nominated by Susan Nimoy in honor of Leonard Nimoy.
The cast has made a video in support of this initiative, which shows them standing on the new bridge and corridor sets built in Vancouver, and allows new cast member Idris Elba a chance to show off his dance moves:
Click here to learn more about the program and donate.
Idris Elba officially cast
Idris Elba’s appearance in the video makes it pretty clear that he has indeed been cast in Star Trek Beyond. While there had been scattered, unofficial reports about his casting and sightings of him in Vancouver, this is the first official confirmation we have that he will be joining the cast in their next adventure.
Star Trek Beyond hits the big screen on July 8, 2016.