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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nichelle Nichols on Zoe as Uhura

I recently read Brunsli's and Brigette's posts on Zoe Saldana as Uhura in the recent, awesome Star Trek movie.

Brigette inquired:

Speaking of Nichelle Nichols, was she at any of the premieres? Has she said anything publically about Zoe's refurbished role?

According to Ian Cullen of SciFiPulse.Net, Nichols said,

“I thought it was fantastic, because it was a prequel. It is not like they are replacing Uhura from the point in time where we left of with the films, which would be their right to do…This was a prequel, the months before, the time before, and ends with our going off on that five year mission where no man or woman has gone before. And I thought that it is marvelous. I got a call from JJ and he invited me to lunch and ask me how I felt. He did me the honor and I thought that was unbelievable. I went on the set and they were shooting, and I was being very quiet and then all of a sudden everything stops. I mean the actors just stopped in place. The saw me walk in and they were in their lines, and went like “and sir we have the….” And that was such an honor bestowed upon me. I went “Oh, I’m sorry” and everyone laughed.”

You can listen to all of Nichelle Nichols interview here at

Saldana who took on the role of Uhura in the new J.J Abrams movie spoke about how great it was to meet Nichelle Nichols:

“Yes, I did meet her, and I was so humbled to have met such an icon. She’s an amazing woman and a strong human being. That was very interesting... I felt like the entire cast and myself were honored to be filling in the shoes of the original [Starship] Enterprise [cast]. We really hope we don’t disappoint.”

I think the movie is exceptional given the movies that are out. I love that it is a pre-quel and not a true remake. Zoe did fabulously as Uhura. Go see it if you haven't already!


onyxcherry said...

I'm going to see this movie soon. I was in a community acting group with Zoe when I was a teenager in Brooklyn. She was by far the most talented triple threat in the room.

Meikmeika said...

I can't wait to see it!!!

Chinue*s LLL Philosophy said...

Me three!

Brown ButtahFly said...

I've been slacking on my movies lately, however this on the top of my list!

Anonymous said...

Ms. Nichols was so beautiful!! Zoe was a pretty good choice.. if Nia Long was a bit younger she could have been cool too.

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