Nichols Is An Orion + Morrison Is Kirk’s Mom

All the big casting news for the new Star Trek film is behind us, but there are still a few loose ends to tie up. Two of those loose ends are related to who two of the women in the cast are playing, which has been the subject of much speculation. Firstly can now confirm that Jennifer Morrison (House) is playing (a pregnant) Winona Kirk, the mother of James T. Kirk. Apparently, like Chris Hemsworth who is playing her husband George Kirk, Morrison is finished with her work on the project. The new Star Trek will be the first appearances for both of Kirk’s parents outside the non-canon Trek novels.

A few weeks ago Rachel Nichols of Alias fame stated “there’s a good chance you’ll see my shining face in the new Star Trek.” Yes you will indeed see her shining face, but it will be of a different hue than you are used to. has learned that Nichols will be playing be playing an Orion (but it hasn’t been confirmed if she is of the ‘slave girl’ variety). The name of her character is not known, but it is a new character. It does not appear that Nichols is the Orion girl spotted in the spy pics from last week, but a source told that the girl in the pic was likely a stand-in.

Will Rachel Nichols as an Orion turn young Jim Kirk’s head?
(NOTE: Photo is not official, just some quickie Photoshopping)

The first appearance of a green-skinned Orion was in the unaired Original Series pilot “The Cage.” The two part episode “The Menagerie” reused the footage and established that ‘no man can resist’ an Orion Slave girl. Orions showed up in a handful of episodes from The Original Series, The Animated Series as well as Enterprise. The appearance in the Star Trek movie will be the first for a Star Trek feature film. More on Orions at Memory Alpha.

Captain Pike meets the first Star Trek Orion in TOS “The Cage”

What about Marcus?
There has been a lot of speculation related to both Nichols and Morrison (and Keri Russell who will not be in the film) that one of these ladies would be playing Carol Marcus, the mother of James T. Kirk’s son David (played by Bibi Besch in Star Trek II). Back in June co-writer Alex Kurtzman was cagey on whether or not Marcus was in the movie or not, but would not categorically deny. has learned that there may have been good reason for this. Apparently Marcus was in an earlier draft of the script, but has confirmed she does not appear in the shooting script currently in production. In his interview with in October, co-writer Roberto Orci noted that many known Trek characters worked their way in and out of various drafts, but in the end would only include characters if they “could do them justice.” In October Orci also noted that characters that didn’t make the cut for the 2008 movie are “at the top of the list” for the sequel (assuming there is one). So maybe Marcus will show up next time.

More casting
We are almost done with the casting news for big and medium sized roles for the new Star Trek film, but there are still a few loose ends. has been told that the roles of the ‘Federation Captain’ (a new role) and another henchmen for Eric Bana’s Nero have been cast. We do not yet have the names, but apparently they are both relatively unknown actors. It is also yet to be confirmed if J.J. Abrams best friend (and Quinto’s Heroes co-star) Greg Grunberg will continue his tradition of cameos in Abrams projects. Hopefully there will be another update in the upcoming weeks, until then check out the Star Trek 2008 Cast Page for the latest info on the cast.

Who is the best new Trek Girl?
The James Bond films are famous for their ‘Bond Girls,’ but the new Star Trek movie has lined up quite the bevy of beauties. Which is your favorite? Vote in the latest poll (right sidebar)

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