It appears that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner are not the only Original Series cast members to get briefed by J.J. Abrams. In a new interview with MTV, Nichelle Nichols revealed the new Star Trek director contacted her to talk about the new Uhura – Zoe Saldana. Nichols is quoted as saying:
I talked with J.J. Abrams, and he was telling me about her, that he felt she brought to Uhura what he found fascinating in my having created the character. He says that she has the charisma and presence [I did]."
The original Uhura again said that she would like to talk to Saldana about the background of Uhura and also about some areas that were never explored:
There are a lot of stories that Gene wanted to do with Uhura that we never got to do, and I would love to talk to her about that. Mostly you saw the no-nonsense woman in charge. [In those other stories you] get a little glimpse of the poignant Uhura, the lovelorn Uhura, the serious Uhura, and the fun Uhura. I would like to see her [get to] do those.
For more read the full interview at MTV.com
Nichols on Heroes later this month
Nichelle Nichols will next be seen in the 5th episode of Heroes (October 22nd) titled "Fight or Flight." NBC have released a photo (below) of the episode. Episode 2 of Heroes, "Lizard," featuring George Takei and Zachary Quinto airs on NBC tonight at 9pm.
Dana Davis (Monica Dawson), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah Sanders) and Nichelle Nichols (Nana Dawson)
(Heroes – NBC Universal)