Daily Variety is reporting that Marlene Forte has landed the role as the (unnamed) Transporter Chief for the new Star Trek movie. The 40-something video store owner turned actress has appeared on many TV series such as Lost, ER, CSI, The West Wing, and Daybreak. Her film credits include Real Women Have Curves and Adrift In Manhattan. She starred in the 1997 independent film Lena’s Dreams (see clip below).
The name of Forte’s character isn’t known but it is pretty clear she isn’t playing Lt. Kyle who was often seen beaming the crew in and out of the NCC-1701 during Star Trek The Original Series. Kyle (played by John Winston) would also pop up in engineering, sometimes at the helm and even showed up on the bridge of the USS Reliant in Star Trek II. However, the first known transporter chief of the Enterprise would be Pitcairn who served under Captain Pike during the time of “The Cage.”
Kyle (left) and Pitcairn (right) manning their transporter station on the NCC-1701
Forte from Lena’s Dreams
For a full list of known cast members, see our “Star Trek” cast page