Nichelle Nichols - Nichelle Nichols Tried Out For Spock Role

Star Trek legend Nichelle Nichols was originally slated to play Spock in the hit show.
Nichols, known to millions of 'Trekkies' around the world as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the longrunning sci-fi series, has revealed she initially read for the role later made famous by Leonard Nimoy.
And she was also eyeing William Shatner's character Captain James T. Kirk as she was so desperate to be cast in the show.
Nichols tells U.S. TV special Trek Nation, "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. I said to myself, 'I'll take any one of these roles,' but I found the Spock character to be very interesting."


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I'm not sure what Nichelle Nichols is getting at but when she auditioned for Star Trek, she was auditioning for the second pilot, "Where No Man has Gone Before," in early 1965. At that time Spock was already played by Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek's first pilot, "The Cage," which filmed in December of 1964. The original pilot starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike did not contain the characters of Kirk, Bones, but Spock was there and was the only character to be brought over to the second pilot and was played by Leonard Nimoy the whole time. According to Nimoy, Gene Roddenberry first approached him about the playing Spock in 1964 when Nimoy starred in a Roddenberry produce show, "The Lieutenant." Then through a series of meetings over the next few months, Nimoy and Roddenberry developed the character of Spock together. So, Nichelle Nichols may have read for Spock for some reason but the character of Spock was definitely not originally supposed to be a woman as the character of Spock was already cast as a man, Leonard Nimoy, a year before Nichols was ever involved in Star Trek. Clearly more investigation needs to be done to determine why Nichols read for Spock but the conclusions reached by this article are clearly false.
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