'Star Trek Beyond' Contest Video Confirms Idris Elba As a Cast Member

It may be hard to believe for some, but Star Trek is quickly approaching its 50th anniversary, and the beloved sci-fi property will be celebrating the milestone next year with the release of Star Trek Beyond. After all this time, the franchise is still going strong, which can be attributed to the passion that fans have for the deep mythology they've spent years pouring over.

For many die hard Trekkies, it's always been a dream of their's to walk on the bridge of the Enterprise and spend some time with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the rest of the intrepid crew. Now, thanks to a new Star Trek Beyond charity contest (one which also confirms a long-standing casting rumor), one lucky fan will get a chance to appear in the upcoming movie.

Through a partnership with Omaze, the cast of Star Trek Beyond has launched the "Star Trek: To Boldly Go" campaign, which will support nine global organizations that were personally selected by the actors (and one by Susan Nimoy in honor of the late Leonard Nimoy). It takes is a $10 donation to officially enter the contest (go HERE to enter), which will run from July 14 to September 1, 2015.

Omaze is offering two prize packages. The grand prize is the coveted walk-on role, where the winner (and a guest) will fly out to Vancouver to get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Star Trek Beyond and meet the cast. In addition, six additional winners will be selected to form the "Star Trek: To Boldly Go" crew. The perks are traveling to the Vancouver set to be among the first to see scenes from Star Trek Beyond and meet the cast of the film.

Should a fan be generous enough to donate more than $10, they could win various prizes such as a cast autographed red shirt, Star Trek posters, an invitation to a private screening of Star Trek Beyond, and a replica captain's chair. This is very similar to the "Force for Change" initiative that was launched during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens production, where director J.J. Abrams offered fans a chance to have a small role in that film.

Idris Elba confirmed for Star Trek Beyond
Idris Elba in 'Pacific Rim'

This Star Trek Beyond charity contest video also provides us with official confirmation that Idris Elba (the Thor movies, Pacific Rim) is a member of the film's cast, along with the main actors from the previous two Star Trek films. Costar Simon Pegg, who penned the movie's screenplay with Doug Jung (Dark Blue), previously teased that Elba's role as the movie's villain will be a "kick-ass" one, and that Elba will, in fact, play an original character. So no 'John Harrison' funny business, a la Star Trek Into Darkness.

Production is currently underway on Star Trek Beyond, with Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) serving as director. Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer Roberto Orci was the original choice of director for the film, but he stepped down and his script was scrapped near the end of 2014. It wasn't long thereafter when Lin signed on as Roberto's replacement on the project, while Pegg was recruited to help put together a fresh screenplay.

Fingers crossed, these changes will prove to have been for the best, and it will be smooth-sailing to the Star Trek property's 50th anniversary for the Star Trek Beyond production, hereon out. If nothing else, Elba has gotten the chance to become the next great Star Trek antagonist, thanks to the project's change in creative direction during pre-production.

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Star Trek Beyond will be in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016.

Source: Omaze/Paramount Pictures

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