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Jeff Bezos appears in the new ‘Star Trek’ movie, playing a ‘Starfleet Official’

Turns out the final frontier is nbd if you’re the billionaire CEO of Amazon.

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Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Jeff Bezos is not in this clip from “Star Trek Beyond”, which opens next week:

But the Amazon CEO does have a role in the new movie. He has a one-scene cameo, playing a “Starfleet Official.”

IMDb, which Amazon owns, acknowledges Bezos’s part in a credit, way at the bottom of the cast list:

As anyone who has spent any time using IMDb as a research tool knows, an IMDb listing is not a rock-solid source. But “Star Trek” producer J.J. Abrams and “Star Trek” director Justin Lin both confirmed Bezos’s appearance — described as a “single tracking shot that includes his character,” which suggests he doesn’t have a speaking role — to the Associated Press on Friday.

“He was awesome," Lin said. "It was like a president was visiting, you know? He had a big entourage! But it didn't matter because he was so into it. He had to wait around all day because it was one day we were shooting like three different scenes, and it was also credit to Jeff because ... he just nailed it every time.”

I’ve asked Amazon PR for comment. But really, how are you going to get better than that? Update: Amazon PR got back to me and ... they declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Bezos has been quite public about his space nerd-dom. “I’ve been passionate about space and rockets since I was a 5-year-old boy,” he told Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference this year.

Of course, lots of kids get geeked out about space. But not many of them become billionaires who can finance their own space exploration companies that build recyclable rockets, like Bezos’s Blue Origin, or send teams to the bottom of the Atlantic to recover engines from Apollo 11, like his Bezos Expeditions.

And now you can add “appear in a giant Hollywood space movie” to the list.

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