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Has STAR TREK Found Its Janice Rand??

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Will Rachel Nichols, the towering 27-year-old former model who played the neo-Sydney in the final season of J.J. Abrams’ “Alias,” assay Janice Rand in Abrams’ new “Star Trek” movie? From Wednesday’s Toronto Sun:
And next Christmas Nichols will board the starship Enterprise in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, which chronicles the early adventures of a young Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock. News broke last week that Nichols was joining the cast of the uber-secretive project. "I'm very restricted on what I'm allowed to say," she says. "But yes, there's a good chance you'll see my shining face in the new Star Trek ... My mom even e-mailed me about it because she saw it (online) and I hadn't told her yet. There's a lot of buzz about it, but honestly, I don't even know the name of my character."
A trivial bit of casting rumor, perhaps, but fans shouldn’t forget that in the earliest episodes of “Star Trek,” Rand (played by dreamy Grace Lee Whitney) was the series’ lead female character; in the first half of season one she probably got more lines than than Scotty, Sulu and Uhura combined!
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  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    who ?

    by JeanLuc Dickhard


  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Could it have been that hard

    by Wheel99

    to link to a photo?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST


    by yesiamaplant

    I mean, she's an all right actress, which is about all that's required from Rand, but it does nothing to excite me. And wouldn't Rand be about 13 in this movie anyway? Also---as I was skimming all I saw was "Nichols" and had a really bad flashback to Trek V. *shudder* no more feathers, grandma, no more!

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Wait, isn't she ten years younger than Kirk?

    by Ingeld

    I always thought she was much younger than Kirk. She is a yeoman and hasn't made up the ranks. So, if this is about the early years of Kirk and Spock in their twenties then Rand must be what? 15 years old? Or do I have all the ages wrong?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Jeesh, I scooped AICN!

    by Grando

    I made this prediction in the other Trek Talkback.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    In the grand scheme of things

    by Abominable Snowcone

    it is trivial, unless you're a trekker's trekkie, which I am not. I've seen all ToS episodes at least once, and I don't recall that character. I don't imagine many 'regular' people would, either, with 'regular' meaning 'non-trekkies.' The bigger news would be, who plays my sweet chocolate nubian princess, Uhura.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I could see Kirk banging her

    by Trader Groucho 2

    if the new Kirk wasn't GAY :)

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    By the way; it's going to be one of those small univereses.

    by Ingeld

    Anybody who was anybody and everybody will all be together in classes at the academy or on the first missions. Starfleet probably hundreds of ships, but these 1o people are always stuck together. I hate that. Next, all the aliens will speak English fluently. The only way we will be able to tell them apart is where the alien bumps on their head will be.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Does even know the name of her character?

    by TheAFLACDuck

    So I guess that explains her casting in P2. "You wanna be in a movie?" "Yeah sure."

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    And isn't it kind of weird

    by Abominable Snowcone

    That Janice Rand will be played by Rachel Nichols, when someone named Nichelle Nichols played Uhura, and someone named Christopher Pine is playing Kirk, successor to Christopher Pike. And now I hereby invite you to not be able to get the theme song to "Team America--fuck yeah!" out of your heads.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    The Captain's Concubine

    by GCH888

    Isn't it a bit outdated to have a Captain's Yeoman as part of the crew? I know their official role is to serve meals and iron shirts but it's obviously they're there to provide EVERY need of the Captain a la Monica Lewinsky.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Is that the chick for the Inside?

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Then she's perfectly cast as BAIT.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    Zoe Saldana.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Herc, are you still making a call that Shatner will be in the mo

    by Bono Luthor

    It seems most people are thinking the other way now. Which I think sucks.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Dear God-put her in that mini-skirt!!!

    by Raymar

    They're gonna be using those old timey uniforms right?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by Bono Luthor

    Spock has to go back and change history so that the original crew all come together sooner than in the series. That could be one way in which the timeline changes... And if any changes are made to the timeline, then Kirk could still be alive in Spocks future.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Make the whole thing Mo-Cap, and I'm in.

    by Pound Sand

    Hey, it worked for Beowulf didn't it?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    How do you know...

    by DanyaRomulus

    she is going to be Rand and not another character? Like Carol Marcus for instance? Trust me I'd love it if she were Rand but it seems like you are just guessing unless you have other info.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    "towering" actress?

    by jccalhoun

    imdb says she's 5ft10. That's towering?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Not as curvaceous as Greace Lee Whitney

    by Meglos

    Bah. Now who's going to be playing Lt Leslie?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Er, Grace, not "Greace"

    by Meglos


  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Paging Dr. Marcus

    by sirbroiler

    I think it's more likely she's Carol Marcus - no mater how many episodes Janice Rand was in, she didn't have nearly the same impact on canon that Carol did when her character appeared in Trek II. Kirk's departure on his 5-year mission played a major role in his relationship with Carol - and son David.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    The old uniforms are okay...

    by Kid Z

    ... But please... no beehive hairdos!

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Worse and worse and worse......

    by magnius

    Somebody PLEASE see sense!! Stop making this movie now!!! It WILL be a mess and be hated by everyone!! There is no chance on Earth or beyond that this movie will be any good!!

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    'Not as curvaceous...'

    by mbeemer

    Padding, gentlemen, padding. A time-honored technique in Trek!

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I'm a mild Trek fan

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and i'm pissed at this film. How must the hardcore be feeling?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    My excitement for this movie waned about a month ago...

    by Negative Man

    <p>...Aside from an occasional casting choice, I've heard nothing worthwhile. My excitement would pick up some when we see some actuals stills of the cast in (hopefully) TOS-like costumes. I would get even more primed if we see and TOS-like Enterprise bridge. Though, I would wait for DVD if the costumes and Enterprise interior resemble that Bakula abortion with everything dabbed in bluish light...ugh!</p><p>Keep it bright and keep it light. That was one of the secrets of ST:TOS. Bold colors, straight forward characters, and fun stories. Even when dealing with politically charged issues they kept everything from getting too bogged down in serious drama. 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield' was a terrific episode dealing with racial hatred that never went into todays over-dramatic deep end. I'm afraid that Abram's may dip too deep into the bad, trying too hard (I said it!) ALIAS/LOST drama he's known for. Then again, he's never overly impressed me. Alias lost me first season and Lost is only half (island) good.</p><p>And before the flaming begins, here's a few other J.J. products that left me dry... MI:III, WHAT ABOUT BRIAN, TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS (Yes...the one with James Belushi!), GONE FISHIN' (Pesci, Glover...crap in a hat.), and let's not forget...perhaps his most grievous of charges...Michael Bay's ARMAGEDDON!!!</p><p>Seriously people...the guy that wrote the script for Armageddon is writing and directing the Star Trek relaunch!!!</P><p>And people wonder why I'm so hesitant about this movie...</P>

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    What about the Green Bitch??!!!

    by Sonic Reducer


  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST

    shie lebleowulf as ensign rand

    by dr.bulber

    or whatever his name is.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Casts of "Felicity," "Alias," "Lost"

    by kabong

    JarJar Abrams' usual suspects. <p> Shatner's participation will be announced in time for pre-release hype. <p> As if that can help Star Trek Abomination.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    First, as to nicknames...

    by captain_kirk

    jeanluc Dickhard should be Jean-Luc Prickhard---funnier, and more consistency. whew. that being said, must JJ cast EVERY FRIGGIN ROLE THAT EVER EXISTED IN Star Trek? Let's see, we have, nonsenically, yeoman rand. Next up: Q, Trelane, Charlie X, Khan, Dr. Soong, Admiral Cartwright, Lt. Ilia, V-Ger, Christopher Pike, George Kirk and whatever else. This shouldn't be a kitchen sink movie. If JJ was wise, he'd be filming this movie like he films his series--as a series. Do a LOTR-type deal. I hope there' s at least some type of conceivably story arc going on here.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Their real ages...

    by idahomer

    Shatner, Whitney, Nimoy and Nichols are all within a year of each other. Kelly and Doohan are 10 years older, Takei and Koening are 6-7 years younger.<p> But this movie will still suck.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    but here's some good news...

    by captain_kirk

    at least the movie will cost $5.50 from Wal-Mart shortly after the DVD release. It's hard to be excited when JJ's rewriting EVERYTHING. The problem is that Trek is not Battlestar Galactica, so a complete "reimagining" as Star Trek Babies just can't work in the face of 40 years of history. On the other hand, the cop out of having this be another "time fuck up" seriously undermines any sense of urgency or commitment to these characters. I personally would love to see an academy-era film take place, but look at what happens when Lucas put Darth Vader in a diaper. More of the same. Can hardly wait to see the reworked federation insignia.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Phategod2

    which for todays purpose will stand for Who The F

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Nice job crediting Freezedriedmovies

    by BitterMan23

    They reported this last week.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Have they cast anybody named Nichelle Mudd yet?

    by Det. John Kimble

    What's up with all the name coincidences in the casting of this movie...

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Panty shots!

    by Pipple

    No, let me be serious... I can't wait to finally get a chance to see star trek on screen for the first time in my life. I love the show, it's good cheesy fun, with some great intelligent questions about the human condition throughout. It's "fascinating" to sit and ponder the many questions we're meant to ask while SEEING SEXY MINISKIRTS SLOWLY RISE UP TO REVEAL PANTIES.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Who cares? AB Hams has gone and f**ked it

    by football

    ... by miscasting Pike so the rest can go and die like a 7-week-old fart in my pants. Another great opportunity for a remake wasted. Thankyou, Shoddywood.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    Grando, a prediction isn't a scoop.

    by Bronx Cheer

    Besides, I could tell you that Rosebud is a sled, and AICN would still be two weeks late with that news. Trolling the web for rumors and cutting and pasting is not reporting. It's a blog. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Too skinny, gotta eat!

    by Napoleon Park

    Over in the Pike TB I nominated Kristin Vangsness (Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds) as Rand because the role calls for someone curvy and sexy. Someone else there came up with a better idea, though.<p> Mary Lynn Rajskub, the comic/actress who played Chloe on "Veronica's Closet" has the same pinched mouth and "please don't sexually objectify me" vulnerable pout that Whitney brought to the role. Rajskub for Rand - she looks the part.<p>Although since the film is being made in the post feminist era and not in the swinging sicties, I can see the logic in casting someone with no sex appeal in order to downplay the "captain's woman" angle of the role.<p>Next dreamcasting challenge: Majel Roddenberry played the voice of the starfleet computers on every Star Trek series and in every movie (yes, including the Enterrise series finale). If this is a total relaunch, breaking with all established continuity and past casting, who will they get with that authoritarian but reasonable, school-marmish matter of fact deadpan delivery? Personally, I think it sould be a mistake to not use Mrs. Roddenberry for this, but she is up in age so if they expect this to be a franchise relaunch they might want to find a new voice now for the sake of consistency.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Napoleon Park, you have a point.

    by rbatty024

    For some reason all women today have to look like a two by four with arms and legs (there are a couple of exceptions). Who finds this attractive?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    Didn't she play a FBI agent with Peter Coyote on a very Whedenesque show? Daniel Baldwin was in it I think. I remember liking it

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    rbatty024: Hollyweird producers like actresses

    by kabong

    who look like boys <p> BECAUSE THEY LIKE BOYS

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Too Skinny!!!

    by ZeroCorpse

    Janice Rand had some CURVES and meat on her bones, like a real woman. This coat-rack needs to put on a few pounds so I can tell the difference between her and any 16-year-old boys that might wander onto the set. <p> Seriously Hollywood-- WOMEN HAVE CURVES! Stop taking the gay mens' opinion on what women are supposed to look like. The fashion designers and makeup artists are NOT the authority on beauty.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Who was cast as the She-Hulk Soccer Mom?

    by Pound Sand

    Not this tomboy beanpole, I hope.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    And people said ST V was bad...

    by uss cygnus

    This casting is ridiculously boring, stupid and embarrassing.

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 11:34 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    What the fuck was that movie about?

  • Nov. 8, 2007, 11:34 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Dumb tabs

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 12:08 a.m. CST

    She's in The Killer Parking Garage Movie!!!

    by TallBoy66

    Now this I gotta see! Screw you, Fred Claus and Lions For Lambs.

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Crewman Green, report!

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Has he been cast yet?

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I'm pleased that I know not who these people are.

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    I'm not as geeky as I first thought. Hurrah!

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    TOO RAND-Y!!!

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Seriously... does anyone CARE who plays the utterly useless Janice Rand? All she ever did was bring Kirk coffee once every 20 episodes and flash him her legs and lower buttcheeks.<p>If they don't put Nichols in a sexy red minidress and fishnets for this role, there's no point wasting time putting the character in the movie at all!

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Why do people always give JJ grief

    by Yeti

    for hiring actors whom he's worked with before and obviously likes working with?

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Rachel Nichols is AWESOME...

    by Abin Sur

    For TWO reasons - her various Maxim spreads, which are UNBELIEVABLY hot, AND her tongue-wrestling with Mimi Rogers in "Dumb and Dumberer" was the absolute ONLY redeeming part of that movie.

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 8:46 a.m. CST

    i got no trouble

    by irrelevntelefant

    with her tribble....

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Marry me Rachel...

    by Christopher3

    You brainy mathematics-majoring Columbia grad but nevertheless empty-headed-looking big-breasted superhot Playboy type you.

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Christopher3 is right!

    by Tim Tringle

    That picture does her absolutely no justice, depending on what JJ is going for if he want's her to look hot, she will indeed cause nearby males to have to report to sickbay with 3rd degree burns.

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Grace Lee Whitney was a hotty...

    by JustyHakubi

    Too bad she indulged in the drug culture a little too heavily and got booted of the set. Although to be honest in this PC world Yeoman Rand cannot exist. She'll just end up being a bitchy female officer and not a love interest. There's no way they'd allow a 60's era male / female relationship.

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    P2 - she's good, movie sucks, she has a fucking fantastic rack

    by TallBoy66

    Seriously, she's in a wet dress for half the movie. In a parking lot!

  • Nov. 9, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Grace Lee Whitney looks good in that pic.

    by kabong

    Now bring on some Yvonne Craig green girl. <p> And get rid of that "Mist" ad.

  • May 16, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    kabng is rigth

    by squarebird

    She will be the Green girl.

  • May 16, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST

    kabong is right

    by squarebird