Nichelle Nichols Originally Auditioned For The Role of Spock in “Star Trek” (Video)

Posted on December 29, 2011 /TV


Would the iconic Star Trek series be a different beast if the stars of the show had been cast as different characters? That was almost the case according to Nichelle Nichols, who famously played U.S.S. Enterprise Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura (which was reprised by Zoe Saldana in the 2009 film remake).

In a 2002 interview for the documentary Trek Nation, which recently aired on the Science Channel, the actress claimed that creator Gene Roddenberry wanted the famous Vulcan to be played by a woman.

“They gave me a three-page script to read from that had three characters named Bones, Kirk and somebody called Spock, and they asked me if I would read for the role of Spock. When I looked at this great text, I said to myself, ‘I’ll take any one of these roles,’ but I found the Spock character to be very interesting, and I asked them to tell me what she [Spock] was like.”