Chris Pine, Karl Urban, and Simon Pegg continued on their PR blitz just before the opening weekend of Star Trek Beyond as guests of First Lady Michelle Obama, who invited the trio to introduce a screening of the film for the Joining Forces initiative at the White House.
Stars and crew of the latest installment in the Star Trek franchise are traveling all around the country this week in anticipation of the opening night of Star Trek Beyond in theaters in the US this Friday.
First Lady Michelle Obama who, along with Jill Biden, created the Joining Forces initiative, invited Chris Pine, Karl Urban, and Simon Pegg to take a tour of the White House and introduce a special screening of their latest film.
The Joining Forces initiative was created in 2011 and is a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities.
The First Lady joked with the crowd that, since they were getting to see the latest Star Trek installment before its release, they should feel free to brag about it, but refrain from spoiling the film. Mrs. Obama concluded her remarks by facetiously telling the crowd “may the force be with you” as she flashed two Vulcan salutes.
This continues Star Trek’s support for military members, veterans, and their families. Star Trek Into Darkness was dedicated to The Mission Continues, an organization designed to help soldiers returning home from war and several veterans cameoed as Starfleet officers in the film’s final scene. Members of the cast also traveled to Kuwait in 2009 to show Star Trek to active-duty service members.