It’s a damn good time to love sci-fi. I’m an equal opportunity fan, so excuse me while I break out in a dance over Idris Elba being confirmed for a role in Star Trek Beyond. OK, it’s not the same nerd chills I get watching the Star Wars reel from Comic-Con, but it’s close.
His casting has been rumored, but we got confirmation in the form of a charity video today. Joining the Star Trek, cast, he helped shoot a video for Omaze. The video explains a new charity initiative benefiting organizations like Make a Wish, Kids Can, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Direct Relief and other.
Idris Elba in Star Trek and helping support a great cause. Can our day get any better? Oh yes, I believe it can.
“We’re offering one lucky fan and a friend the chance to win a walk-on role in the next Star Trek,” the cast says in the clip. “It’s all part of Star Trek: To Boldly Go, a new philanthropic initiative in partnership with Omaze.”
Hopefully, you’re not a red shirt, but it is one hell of an incentive to donate to the foundation.
The video features Star Trek cast members Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and John Cho. Towards the end, Idris Elba appears saying, “But the best part is that your contribution will support all nine remarkable causes.”
“Idris, glad you could join us,” Pine adds.
OMAZE and Star Trek Beyond
The charity raffle starts at $10 for a digital campaign badge and 100 chances for the walk on role. It goes all the way to $100,000 for a replica Captain’s chair from the Enterprise and one million chances to win the role.
Star Trek Beyond
Co-written by Simon Pegg, it is the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise. Filming is underway, and the movie is slated for release on July 8, 2016.
As for Idris Elba? He’ll be your villain in this Star Trek as a Klingon. Yep, nerd chills.
If you need a primer on the caliber of actor Idris is, check out the British series Luther. If you need a little cheesiness to go along with Luther, Pacific Rim is always an option.
The next 365 days are filled with blockbuster after blockbuster. Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a Christmas present. Captain America: Civil War, Batman vs. Superman and Star Trek Beyond.
I get it Hollywood. Should I go ahead and sign over my bank accounts?