The all-star cast of the forthcoming “Star Trek Beyond” are supporting their favorite charities by making fans an irresistible offer: the chance for an alien transformation and walk-on role in the new Justin Lin film.
Producer J.J. Abrams and studio Paramount Pictures have partnered with charity platform Omaze for the experience, which will select one lucky user who donates to the campaign — populated with causes chosen by stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Idris Elba, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Susan Nimoy on behalf of her late husband and “Star Trek” legend Leonard Nimoy.
Kicking off the initiative in a clip recorded on the Starship Enterprise’s bridge set, the competition will run from 12:01 a.m. on July 14th until 11:59 p.m. on September 1 and only requires a $10 donation for eligibility.
“Omaze is excited to bring this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience to ‘Star Trek’ fans around the world,” said Ryan Cummins, co-Founder and co-CEO of Omaze. “We are proud to give fans the chance to live out their dream experience while simultaneously helping nine great causes. By allowing anyone to enter for just $10, we are seeing the power our community has in making an impact around the world.”
Abrams reteamed with Omzae for the “Star Trek” package after a similar experience for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which netted $4.2 million in donations for UNICEF Innovation Labs and afforded that winner a set visit and cameo in the December 18 release.
Charities selected by each star “Star Trek” star include:
- Brave Beginnings, an organization dedicated to ensuring that ventilators and life-saving neonatal equipment are always available to newborns in critical need. Nominated by 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 Yelchin.
- Direct Relief International, one of the premiere disaster relief organizations that operates worldwide. Nominated by 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 Elba.
- KidsCan, an organization that provides food, clothing and healthcare to disadvantaged youth in New Zealand. Nominated by 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 Cho.
- Make-A-Wish, whose remarkable work is making wishes come true every day for children suffering from lifet hreatening illnesses. Nominated by 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.
Six additional donors will win a visit to the Vancouver set and a meet and greet with members of the Enterprise.
Lin’s “Star Trek Beyond” will hit theaters on July 8, 2016. Paramount aims to release the film in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original “Star Trek” TV series.