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Rachel Nichols Talks ‘Star Trek’ November 7, 2007

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST09 Cast , trackback

Rachel Nichols has seemingly confirmed the rumor that will be in the Star Trek movie. In an interview with the Toronto Sun the 27 year old actress said “I’m very restricted on what I’m allowed to say, but yes, there’s a good chance you’ll see my shining face in the new Star Trek.” Nichols said she did not even know the name of her character and even her mom didn’t know about it until she saw the rumor reports online. As noted in the first report on Nichols, she has worked with Star Trek director J.J. Abrams before on his show Alias. The connection is not lost on Nichols who said “J.J.’s one of the most generous people I’ve ever met … He’s very, very loyal.”

Nichols is best known for her recurring role as Rachel Gibson on Alias, but before that she had appeared in several films including a number of horror films. Since Alias ended in 2006 she has worked on four feature films in larger roles including the lead in the horror/thriller P2 opening this weekend. The actress will also be appearing alongside Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in the Mike Nichols film Charlie Wilson’s War opening this Christmas.

What Role?
Nichols would be the second known woman to be cast in the new Star Trek, but it is not known who she would be playing. What we do know is that co-writer Roberto Orci promises that the female roles in the film will have more to do than just answer the space phone. It has been all discussed before, but here are the possibilities again

If the character name is being kept a secret, then it is possibly to protect a plot spoiler. However, Chapel, Rand and Number One should not really be any more of a spoiler than known characters such as Uhura or Pike. A new character name is also unlikely to be much of a spoiler. The only listed name that would be much of a spoiler would be Carol Marcus as a love interest for Kirk. Then again maybe it is not a big secret and Nichols just doesn’t know yet.


Bibi Besch (left) as Carol Marcus in Star Trek II and her younger self?

More on Rachel: Wiki Page | IMDB Page | Fan Site

Nichols on Video

From Alias

Trailer for P2

Maxim photo shoot

Comments

1. Derek Evans - November 7, 2007

Numero UNO?! A Good MAtch for carol Marcus

2. Danya Romulus - November 7, 2007

Based on these videos, I’m thinking Rand, which would be awesome. Beam her up!

3. Sean4000 - November 7, 2007

Agreed. She looks like a young Carol Marcus. Hot too!

4. Multitrek - November 7, 2007

It says Carol Marcus to me since the beginning

5. CmdrR. - November 7, 2007

Not really much to go one. Don’t know if this is a one-liner or a “pivitol” character.
All we really know now is that in the 23rd century, mankind rediscovers willowy blonde shekind.

6. DJT - November 7, 2007

SWEETNESS!

Now where’s Jessica Biel?

;)

7. Scott Gammans - November 7, 2007

“If the character name is being kept a secret, then it is possibly to protect a plot spoiler.”

Well, as long as she’s not credited as “Romulan Who Blows Up the Enterprise”, I don’t see how knowing who her character is could be much of a spoiler.

8. DavidJ - November 7, 2007

It’s amazing to hear all these actors sounding excited to be in a Star Trek movie. Obviously most actors would be happy to have ANY job, but I’m sensing a different kind of excitement here– which could only be because of Abrams and the fact it’s TOS.

Whether the movie succeeds or not, you gotta give Abrams credit for at least getting people excited about Star Trek again.

9. AJ - November 7, 2007

No. 7: Because it’s a spoiler for us. For the general public, whether it’s Carol Marcus, No. 1 or Ruth, no-one will care.

10. FlyingTigress - November 7, 2007

#8

That’s probably because, unlike Patrick Stewart — who admitted that he didn’t (initially…so, after he’d auditioned for the role of CPT Picard) have a clue about the full cultural impact that Trek had had — all of these actors/actresses have grown up (not sure about Simon Pegg) around TOS and TAS, and TNG, AND DS9, AND VOY, AND ENT and, until now, 10 feature films…

11. FlyingTigress - November 7, 2007

Definately could see her as a younger Carol Marcus. I would think that a revelation of her being cast as any of the other young female characters would be QUITE as much of a potential spoiler — given Carol Marcus’ position as the mother of an “about this age, given the apparent time period for ST2008) young Kirk’s child.

Hmmm… a David Marcus fetus, like an infant Dave Bowman, with a beatific smile on his face — looking at the San Francisco orbital assembly yards where the “E” is being refit for the TOS 5-year mission-era — orbiting Earth?

/2001 — just kidding!

12. Derek Evans - November 7, 2007

If Chris Doohan does get a part, which I hope he does,..we’ll Have a Nimoy, Nichols and a Doohan in the film…Sweetness!!

13. Scott - November 7, 2007

Before, I was thinking “Carol Marcus,” but based on the Maxim shoot video, I’m now thinking “Orion Slave Girl.”

Scott B. out.

14. I AM THX-1138 - November 7, 2007

Ok, Scott, I’ve already made that suggestion. Of course that’s just the sort of thing that you can expect from me, eh?

Anthony, on behalf of all the straight men who frequent this site, thanks for the Maxim photo shoot.

Poor dear. It must be tough to go through life with that horrible disfigurement. Guess they’ll just have to paint her green and make her dance about in a space bikini.

15. ObiWanCon - November 7, 2007

CAROL MARCUS ALL THE WAY.

16. ety3 - November 7, 2007

Well, if it is Carol Marcus, they’d have to address David, somehow. He would have been born by that point, you know.

17. The Master - November 7, 2007

if her character is a seceret , can you say Romulan Henchman??
but I vote for yeoman rand, but there is a carol marcus resmbleance

18. The Master - November 7, 2007

but I could also see Nuner One. bases on the photo from the first story.

19. HAL 9000 - November 7, 2007

“If the character name is being kept a secret, then it is possibly to protect a plot spoiler.”

If her character’s name is Vina, then the movie will be a re-make of “The Cage” / “The Menagerie.” Thus, revealing that name would be a big plot spoiler.

Rachel Nichols does look a little like Susan Oliver, who played the Vina and the Orion Slave girl in those episodes.

20. The Master - November 7, 2007

Orioan slave girls, yummy

21. konar - November 7, 2007

she looks more like Ruth than Carol Marcus
http://allyourtrekarebelongto.us/ruth-sl.htm

22. Etha Williams - November 7, 2007

Oh gee, another actor with the last name Nichols….this could get confusing.

23. Luke Montgomery - November 7, 2007

Everybody chant with me..
CAROL MARCUS!
CAROL MARCUS!
CAROL MARCUS!

Why? Because as much as I would love to see Rand and Number One, I’m hoping (and thinking) that this film will be a dramatic and realistic take on these characters and their back story and Carol Marcus represents “old wounds” in Kirk’s own words. Let’s see that on screen and see the impact of it and how it shaped these people. Part of the fun of forty-plus years of Trek is playing connect the dots with the story and it’s richness and detail. We know how this ultimatly pays off with Kirk, carol and David and his death. Let’s hope we see the tapestry of this story woven even more in this new installment. I want Gary Mitchell’s line in “Where no man has gone before “about the “little blonde lab-tech” that he fixed Kirk up with to have meaning and tie in.

On another note, I was always bugged that in Generations Moore and Bragga had Kirk shacking up with some off screen woman named “Antonia.” Why could that not have been Carol and instead of some throwaway line we could have imagined how that arc would have progressed. There was something that felt episodic about it in the sense that TV episodes reset each week (or used to) and the story just started again as if last weeks events never happened. Perhaps that choice was more true to the Kirk character … but I would have like to see a progression with a little more depth and consequence. For fans that pay attention to such trivia, Antiona had no meaning. If it were Carol, who we saw and liked, we might have felt something more about his conflict about going back to Starfleet. I know it’s a very small point, but that’s the kind of minutia that we dorks seem to relish.

24. Sam Belil - November 7, 2007

Looks a hell of a lot like Vina to me!!!! Carol Marcus played by Bibi Andersson was not exactly dripping with sex appeal. Kirk must have been drunk that night!!!!

25. T'POW! - November 7, 2007

I thought she bears a strong resemblance to the actress who played Vena in “The Cage” Pilot of Star Trek, so I was thinking more ‘Orion Slave Girl’ too ( like Scott No.13 ).

Carol Marcus makes much more sense however…but what about even T’Pring? Spock’s betrothed…? A long shot I know

26. CmdrR. - November 7, 2007

She’s a woman from Kirk’s past. A woman of substance who used her emotional devices to return Kirk’s emotional energy in equal or greater strength, thus destroying his self-confidence.
Her name is Betty Corbomite.

27. Finnegan - November 7, 2007

No Carol Marcus! I don’t want to see her in this movie. Cause’ the Kirk-Marcus-relationship is very simple: “Hey Jim, last night was great, by the way I’m pregnant. Please keep away from us” – “Ok” – that’s it.

Here’s a better suggestion:
Rachel Nichols for
EMONY DAX

Not Jim, not Spock, but McCoy needs a love interest! Remember Dax’ eyes in “Trials and tribble actions” (“…had the hands of a surgeon”). That’s something I really want to see…

28. Tim Handrahan - November 7, 2007

CAN SHE COOK OR CAN’T SHE?

SMOKING AS CAROL MARCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

29. Jeffery Wright - November 7, 2007

carol marcus? yawn…

was i the only one who hated davey kirk… that spoiled preppy weenie? he was actually wearing a sweater around his neck in the search for spock…

ugh.

how un-kirk like can you get?

a more genuine and established trek character is more like it… my first bet is chris chapel, next is jan rand

although the ruth character is intriguing, as is antonia….

30. Classic trek - November 7, 2007

she is HOT! would make a great nurse chapel or janice rand. wouldnt mind her as carol marcus either. dont know why its such a secret though.
greg
united kingdom

31. Cranston - November 7, 2007

I suspect it’s either Marcus or Rand, but if this is a story that centers mostly around Spock’s character growth before TOS, I’m thinking Leila Kalomi.

Or, you know, an actual *new* character.

32. Mr. Pudgy Years - November 7, 2007

I think she outta play Kara from the brain-stealing planet of Sigma Draconis VII!

33. Levois - November 7, 2007

Bibi Besch the Trek babe we never got to see in action romancing the starship captain. Then again I want to see a Yeoman Rand or Number 1 in this one.

34. last o' the timelords - November 7, 2007

I would’ve preferred Crystal Allen. Just as cute, less generic blonde, more personality and already in the Trek family.

I’m sure Rachel will be fine. Watching these clips I see nothing special.

PS This was the only vaguely negative comment I’ve made here.

35. navamske - November 7, 2007

#6: Having Jessica Biel in the movie would be cool because both of her TV parents (Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks) were in Trek movies.

Oh yeah, and she’s hot, too.

36. Cyberziggy - November 7, 2007

It’ll be Rand. I’m right and I’ll be proved right.

37. diabolk - November 7, 2007

Am I the only one thinking that since this is a “Spock-centric” film, this could be Lela Kalomi?

38. konar - November 7, 2007

#37… That sounds cool

39. Sam Belil - November 7, 2007

Hey she could could be Areel Shaw (“Court Martial”) or Janet Wallace (“The Deadly Years”.

40. Snake - November 7, 2007

i get the feeling that the movie is gonna be more of of prequel to the Movies than TOS…(specifically Wrath of Khan onwards) in terms of look, sets and story elements (Carol Marcus, Kobiashi Maru etc)

41. Redshirt - November 7, 2007

My vote would be to poof up that hair a foot in the air and give her a red mini dress and let’s hear her say “Captain, LOOK AT MY LEGS”
Rand all the way!

re:#7 “as long as she’s not credited as “Romulan Who Blows Up the Enterprise”, I don’t see how knowing who her character is could be much of a spoiler.”
lol! funny!

42. Rick - November 7, 2007

Hmmmm the STAR TREK issue of Maxim in 2008. Okay sorry too much guy in me.;) She is an attractive gal though especially in the cover picture. I recall her from ALIAS. She came across as a real sweet gal you would want to hang out with. Well here is to what she may play…I am so curious how this will come together.

43. Thomas - November 7, 2007

If she does play Leila Kalomi, could it be possible, that since we also see Sarek and Amanda, that T’Pring could also appear? Perhaps, we could see the seeds being planted for the events on Vulcan in “Amok Time” and thus introduce Leila into the story.

44. Cranston - November 7, 2007

#37 diabolik — Nope (see #31)

Great minds, and all.

45. Noleuser - November 7, 2007

This girl may take the mantle as hottest Trek babe over Jolene Blalock and Jeri Ryan!

46. Xai - November 7, 2007

Nope…. she’s the woman who ALMOST got command of Big E. Kirk beat her out of the commission.
Ok, everything else was guessed…

47. MartinRD65 - November 7, 2007

Love this site (good work!) and first time posting….(be gentle.)

I think if she’s cast as Carol Marcus it could be a brilliant move on the part of the writers IF they go the right direction with it. Not only does she look A LOT like a young Marcus, but the fact that this would be about the time she would have asked Kirk not come around any more and leave her and their son alone gives them a lot drama with which to work. It also ties in PERFECTLY with established canon from ST II:TWOK and the “Blond Lab Tech” line from TOS episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Old wounds indeed!

This would be great back-ground on Kirk and partially explain his fanatical devotion to the Enterprise-the only Lady that wouldn’t leave or hurt him. It would also provide some motivation for him to avoid serious relationships with other women and his famous “woman in every port” James Bond style. Let’s face it, every time Kirk has a serious relationship he gets burned: Carol Marcus, Edith Keeler, Miramanee, Rayna, being the main ones.

I hope they use this to build-in some great back story on Kirk that shows us how he got to be who we know him as a few years later. It would also prove that they really do “get” Trek, can respect and adapt established canon, and tell a good story too.

48. Jackson Roykirk - November 7, 2007

Kirk has had enough love interests. It’s time for Spock to have a “love(?)” interest. I agree with the others who say it’s possible she’ll play Leila Kalomi.

Besides, she looks like a young Jill Ireland moreso than a Young Bibi Besch (not that I think resemblance to the original actress matters that much for either Leila or Carol Marcus.)

49. Lou - November 7, 2007

CAROL MARCUS FTW!!

50. Bald is Beautiful - Picard for President! - November 7, 2007

She is far too much a bimbo to play the Brilliant, Genius, Sober DOCTOR CAROL MARCUS PHD!

Turning Carol Marcus into bimbonic eye candy is sexist and misogynist.

I thought Trekkers were progressive and could see past a woman’s boobs as the equal of any man.

Casting Nichols as Marcus will be turning back the clock 40 years. Carol Marcus is not beautiful — she is competent!

51. IrishTrekkie - November 7, 2007

@ #50, what cause she is good looking she is a bimbo , thats just stupid .

yea i think she would make a good carol marcus .

52. Paul - November 7, 2007

Orion slave girl or just get her into a miniskirt already Yowzaa!

53. Jan - November 8, 2007

Samantha Mathis for Carol Marcus! After all she’s Bibi Besch’s daughter.

http://eur.i1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/premiere_photo/20050905/16/812360180.jpg

54. Cervantes - November 8, 2007

I’d rather this Movie be more along the lines of ‘Orion slave girls’ rather than ‘baby David and his Mom’…

I want flirty ‘TOS’ action-adventure, not kitchen sink ‘Hollyoaks’ soap…

I hope she’s Yeoman Rand.

55. Johnny Ice. - November 8, 2007

She is hot so i am thinking Yeoman Rand. I really want Number One in this movie but i don’t see Rachel Nichols in that role nor as Chapel.
p.s. this isn’t prequel to TWOK people so BIG NO NO for Carol Marcus. I don’t want Carol Marcus character in this movie.

56. Nuallain - November 8, 2007

It’s Star Trek. Surely there must be a totally random, never before-seen, never-seen-again, space-babe to ask “What is this thing you call ‘hot monkey sex’, Lt. Kirk?”

57. Pauln6 - November 8, 2007

My money is on Carol. Despite that, it is very disappointing that we still only have 2 women cast and filming is already underway. Women make up more than 50% of the population and should make up 50% of Starfleet. Giving them more to do than answer the phone won’t make up for the fact that there are so few of them. Leia was great in Star Wars but it is still a really sexist film.

Bring on Rand, Chapel, Lt Cmdr Mulhall, and Yeoman Tamora. Rand, I must confess, was always one of my favourites. If they are willing to be true to Grace’s awesome characterisation and I had to pick one more character, I’ll pick her.

58. Tony - November 8, 2007

Kathy Griffin as Rand!

59. Bald is Beautiful - Picard for President! - November 8, 2007

Carol Marcus must be a role model for REAL WOMEN and so she must look lie a REAL WOMAN!

No big boobs. No gorgeous hair. She should be plain, but friendly, have a high forehead (intelligence!) and a “normal” figure unenhanced by plastic surgery and implants! Maybe she can even have a little tummy since so many young women have tummies today.

Some might think Carol Marcus is just a Plain Jane nerdie science lab type, BUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT? Does anyone care that Hillary is “plain”? NO! They appreciate her intellect and passion — not her looks!

I can’t believe how sexist some Trekkers are!!!!

60. Pauln6 - November 8, 2007

It’s an American thing. In the UK we have a smaller pool of actresses so skinny and plastic is seen less often here. In fact, seen even less often because our skinniest most plastic actresses defect to America!

61. TJ trek - November 8, 2007

What if Carol Marcus, and a bit about “stayaway from us” is pivitol to the story. There is at least one or two lines in which it is stated that durring his acady year, Kirk was a “nerd” so to speak, and kept to the books. What if Carol Marcus was the one who turned him around, had a hand in turning him into the kirk of te Original Series. Could that work?

62. Randall - November 8, 2007

What is it with the focus on Carol Marcus? I can see how that would be a great little dramatic sublot, but Kirk *has* had other women in his past, which were illustrated on the original series—why the forgetfulness?

She could be Janice Lester – fellow starship captain candidate who loses it…

She could be Ruth… hot, elegant babe from Kirk’s younger days…

She could be Janet Wallace, smart and cute-as-hell biochemist…

I mean, come on…

She doesn’t look right for Leila Kalomi, for some reason…

63. Harry Ballz - November 8, 2007

Can’t a woman be both intelligent AND beautiful??

64. I AM THX-1138 - November 8, 2007

Harry, don’t you think that it’s funny that some of the people on this site that accuse men who comment on attractive women of being sexist are usually the ones who want to stereotype women the most? I mean, saying that a woman is a bimbo based solely on her looks is equally as bad as saying that all smart women don’t fit the common concept of beauty. One might steer them towards Leonard Nimoy’s new book of photography so that they might attain a new awareness of what a woman is really about. I don’t claim to be any sort of an expert, but I have found ordinary and plain women to be just as vapid as I have found statuesque women to be brilliant. And vice-versa. Don’t define who a woman is by her looks. Try to find out who she is. Rachel Nichols appears to be a very fine actress who also is very beautiful.

That I enjoyed her Maxim layout as well as her acting is just me being me.

65. Harry Ballz - November 8, 2007

Quite right, THX! People would look at my Robert Redford/Paul Newman good looks and assume I bed women three at a time…..nothing could be further from the truth! Since I hate a crowd I take them one at a time!

See how looks can be deceiving?

66. Redshirt - November 9, 2007

It crossed my mind, maybe this film is:

“ST11: Mr. Spock…. THIS IS YOUR LIFE!”

think about it,

* Nichols as Leila, the love interest,

* A young mother [Rider] on a distant world with a kid that isn’t fitting in,

* His first duty with Pike [Greenwod],

* His 5-year-mission [tos crew]

* Nemoy [as old Spock] thinking back at the end of his life and getting choked up ,

What could be reel cool is the excessive emotion of the child Spock set against the explosive emotion from a Spock at the end of his life, remember the old Sarak in TNG? Those Vulcans get wild at the end…

Anyway, Split the time line to tell the story of the life of Spock, toss in some of the W-The-F of LOST, and you just might have a Trek that brings in the new and excites the old….

67. Redshirt - November 9, 2007

oops- 66 was posted on the wrong thread [and not spell checked

… sorry :(

68. Mary Jay - November 12, 2007

Everybody is so worried for poor Lt Kirk and his harem… ! :P Personnally, I think it is unlikely she will play Chapel (although I would love to see Chapel in this movie) simply because Majel Barret is a very tall woman, the actress portraying Chapel, or Number One, would have to be close to 5’10 in my opinion. We can’t have a shorty Chapel.

As for Carol Marcus, my money would be more on the girl from House… Rachel Nichols looks more like Vena, from Talos IV. But again, we can only speculate. I don’t understand why her role would be kept a secret though… As long as we don’t see baby-David! This guy was boring as an adult, imagine as a child!

And I wouldn’t waste my time enumerating Kirk’s past flames to try to find a match for Nichols. As far as we know, she could be cast to play McCoy’s ex-wife and turn out to be the bitch in the movie :-)

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