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.
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
- Number One (Capt. Pike’s First Officer)
- Carol Marcus (mother of Kirk’s son David)
- Nurse Christine Chapel
- Yeoman Rand
- other known character
- …or a new character
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?
Nichols on Video
Trailer for P2
Maxim photo shoot