Actress and Star Trek superfan Rosario Dawson has been getting a lot of buzz lately for potentially showing up in the next season of the Disney Plus Star Wars series The Mandalorian, but she still has not given up her longtime dream of being in Star Trek. And she has latched on to a new idea about who she can play.
Dawson wants to join the continuum
Yesterday Rosario Dawson was the guest on the Variety’s After-Show talking about her arc on the USA drama Briarpatch. But the conversation turned to the recent reports that she will be appearing in the second season of the live-action show The Mandalorian as Ahsoka Tano, a character created for the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Dawson wasn’t able to confirm she had the role in hand, saying “that isn’t confirmed yet, but when that happens I will be very happy.”
Dawson credits Star Wars fans with making the potential Mandalorian casting happen, and while she was talking about Star franchises, took the opportunity to once again pitch herself for the final frontier:
I’m hoping, and I’m not trying to be greedy, but since we are talking about Star Wars and we are talking about fan-casting, if I get Mandalorian it is a million and one percent because of fans, also the Star Trek, okay. That’s it. I am just putting it out there. The two universes: Star Trek and Star Wars. I get in those two, I am telling you, that’s it. I will just retire.
TrekMovie first reported on Dawson’s love of Star Trek back in 2007 when she spoke Klingon on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The actress has publicly raised her hand to be considered for a role in Trek numerous times during the development of the three J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek features, including saying in 2010 she would “do anything” to be in a Star Trek movie, and later suggested portraying a “sexy Vulcan.” Shortly after CBS announced a new series centering on Jean-Luc Picard, Dawson again made a plea, suggesting she had the perfect amount of forehead to play a Klingon.
Speaking to Variety yesterday, Dawson made it clear she is not picky and would take any part, even one without lines, but her Star Trek-loving family has her hoping to land a more iconic role:
I was thinking that I know people who do makeup on it and I could just be a background Romulan or Vulcan or whatever. It would be so fun to just throw me in there. I could just walk through as a Klingon. Just something in the background. And my brother got really mad and said “absolutely not!” I was thinking I could just be a red shirt, who always get killed. He was “No! We talked about this. You have to be a captain!” He plays the Star Trek Online game and does missions and thinks I have to at least be a captain. But then my dad said I should be Q. Because male Q, female Q, young Q. They are all just Q. It’s the Q continuum. It would be great. Then I could jump on Discovery and I can be on Picard. I just want to be on with Jean-Luc Picard.
Dawson is correct about the god-like race known as the Q. The first Q was originally portrayed in the series premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation by John de Lancie. But in later episodes from the franchise, a number of actors have also played members of the Q continuum, and all are referred to as “Q.” Actress Suzie Plakson played a female Q in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “The Q and the Grey.”
Dawson has been acting for over two decades including appearing as the character Claire Temple five recent Netflix series set the Marvel Universe. She is currently filming the HBO Max post-apocalypse film DMZ. Maybe the people behind CBS’ Star Trek Universe can find a place for her, and if not them, perhaps Noah Hawley can find something for her to do in his Star Trek movie.
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