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Old July 1 2008, 01:02 AM   #1
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Nichols Almost Landed 'Star Trek XI' Cameo

A conversation with J.J. Abrams almost led to Nichelle Nichols playing a grandmother on Star Trek XI.

As reported by TrekMovie.com, Nichols almost made it into Star Trek XI but the writer's strike interfered.

Speaking at the Supernova Pop Culture Expo in Perth, Australia, Nichols let drop that J.J. Abrams would have liked to have had her in the movie. At a meeting with Abrams on the Paramount lot, "He was very excited...like a young fan," Nichols explained. "He was like 'I can't believe I am sitting here with Uhura.' And he said 'You know, I would really like to find a valid reason for you to be in the movie.'"

But Abrams wanted the part to have validity and not just be a gimmick according to Nichols. "And he says 'that is the point. I don't want it to be a gimmick. I don't want to just be doing that to just do it.'" Abrams began to talk about the actress playing Uhura in Star Trek XI (Zoe Saldana) and according to Nichols, said "I think she could learn a lot from a lovely lady. You know what I'd love? I'd love for you to play her mother!"

According to Nichols, she replied, "You know what I'd really like? I'd like to play her grandmother," to which Abrams said, "You're too young to play her grandmother." "This is what grandmothers look like," Nichols replied.

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Old July 1 2008, 02:23 AM   #2
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That's too bad about the strike, she would have been great as her grandmother
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Old July 1 2008, 04:26 PM   #3
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That's too bad about the strike, she would have been great as her grandmother
Yes! it would have been great to have some more back story on Uhura and to have Nichelle Nichols play her (grand)mother. That idea works for me. So why didn't it happen, really?
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Old July 1 2008, 05:21 PM   #4
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I wonder how this story will evolve over the decades...
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Old July 1 2008, 06:06 PM   #5
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That's too bad about the strike, she would have been great as her grandmother
Yes! it would have been great to have some more back story on Uhura and to have Nichelle Nichols play her (grand)mother. That idea works for me. So why didn't it happen, really?
At a guess, I'd say time constraints (too many little scenes that were shot but edited out later to keep the final film under a certain number of minutes) and monetary considerations.
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Old July 2 2008, 05:02 AM   #6
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I wonder how this story will evolve over the decades...

Oh, simple...she was offered the role of Uhura's grandmother who takes her to the Enterprise. However, Nimoy threatened to pull out of the movie when he heard of Nichols's involvement. As a result, Abrams fired her a day before her scenes were to be shot, and he cut the character completely from the script.

This will, of course, become the popular rumor after Abrams is considered pure, unconcentrated evil by the majority of the Trek fan base.
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That's too bad about the strike, she would have been great as her grandmother
Yes! it would have been great to have some more back story on Uhura and to have Nichelle Nichols play her (grand)mother. That idea works for me. So why didn't it happen, really?
At a guess, I'd say time constraints (too many little scenes that were shot but edited out later to keep the final film under a certain number of minutes) and monetary considerations.
Yeah, you're probably right. It's a shame.
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