Back in May we reported that both J.J. Abrams and Keri Russell dropped some hints that they would both be open to her being in the new Star Trek, but it seemed to just be usual celebrity log rolling. Russell was the star of Abrams’ first TV series Felicity and appeared in his first feature film, Mission: Impossible: III. In a new interview with TV Guide the actress reveals that there is actually some fire to the smoke. She says that she is in discussions on some film roles and that she talks to J.J. Abrams “all the time.” When asked specifically about a possible role in Star Trek she said:
We were trying to work something out already, but I don’t think that is going to work out…but something may work out.
What role could she have played?
Although it appears that Russell will not appear, it still brings up the question regarding the role for which she was being considered. The only known uncast female character is Kirk’s mother, but at 31 Russell is surely too young for that part. In his recent interview with TrekMovie.com, co-writer Roberto Orci hinted that there would be strong female roles in the film and also stated that there would be some ‘familiar faces’ from Trek’s past. Two immediate possibilities that come to mind are the two roles played by Majel Roddenberry Barrett: ‘Number One’ (Pike’s First Officer) and Nurse Christine Chapel. Another fan favorite could be Carol Marcus as Kirk’s love interest. And of course it could be a totally new character as well. So far the only female cast member is Zoe Saldana playing Uhura, so let’s hope we see some more women announced soon to balance out the male dominated cast.
Of course if Keri isn’t available, JJ can always call upon one of his other stars. Jen Garner recently said she is ready to boldly go.
Beam Keri Up? But as who?
See TV Guide.com for the Russell interview (h/t to Moviehole)