Nichelle Nichols and Zoe Saldana Open Hailing Frequencies

Zoe has found some new interviews with Star Trek’s new Uhura, Zoe Saldana, and the original Uhura Nichelle Nichols.

Nichols talked about her surprise visit to the set of the new movie and her meeting with Saldana while the younger actress waxed enthusiastically about how humbled she felt when she met Nichols and may even have revealed a subtle spoiler in doing so.

Nichols revealed in an audio interview for (conducted at the recent Starfest in Devnver) that she was happy to be recast and is very supportive of the new movie and its production.

“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.”

Indeed back in February when Nichelle Nichols spoke to’s Ian Cullen she was totally enthused about the respect which J.J. Abrams had shown her and the original cast, and even then was very positive about Abrams and his decision to cast Saldana in the role which she originated.

You can listen to all of Nichelle Nichols interview here at

Saldana who is taking on the role of Uhura in the new J.J Abrams movie spoke about how great it was to meet Nichelle Nichols and also hinted at a possible spoiler.

“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, as was working with Leonard Nimoy [the original Mr. Spock]. 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.”

Saldana is the latest actor to reveal that she got to work with Nimoy, which seems to imply that there is a lot of interaction between the younger enterprise crewmembers and the older Spock.
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