In an interview, Nichelle Nichols dropped a surprise on Star Trek fans: she first read for the role of Spock.
Nichols recalls the day she was interviewed for this new television series called “Star Trek.”
“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.
That’s right, not only was Spock originally supposed to be a woman, but she would have been an African American woman. Obviously, the show would have been much different. We’ve created a conception of what she would have looked like.
How do you think a female Spock would have changed Star Trek?