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Michelle Obama Screens New Star Trek Movie – and Ogles 'Handsome' Stars – with Military Families

Michelle Obama Screens New Star Trek Movie – and Ogles 'Handsome' Stars – with Military Families

Originally posted 07/20/2016 04:30PM

On Wednesday, Star Trek Beyond stars boldly went where no Star Trek Beyond stars have gone before – to the White House.

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Meet the Cast of the New Star Trek

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Meet the Cast of the New Star Trek

Originally posted 05/07/2009 11:45AM

A brand-new cast is beaming into the iconic roles of the crew of the starship Enterprise as the revamped Star Trek lands in theaters May 8. PEOPLE has your guide to the Starfleet's finest and their first forays into the enduring sci-fi phenomenon:

NAME: Chris Pine
CHARACTER: Capt. James T. Kirk
WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HIM BEFORE: 2004's The Princess Diaries 2; 2006's Smokin' Aces
NEXT UP: The indie drama Small Town Saturday Night.

"As an actor you search for great roles," says Pine, 28. "This one just happened to be named James Kirk." While figuring out ways to make the part his own, he also watched William Shatner in the original series looking for "things that I felt that I could use without hitting people over the head with a bad impersonation," Pine says. "He's got a very theatrical quality that just made me smile every time." He admits donning Kirk's familiar gold uniform "was a fun day ... [but] as for the part being mine, I think people will always and forever connect Mr. Shatner to that role."

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