More Women of Star Trek: Winona Ryder and Rachel Nichols
The endless cast announcement process for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek is still not over despite the entire bridge of the USS Enterprise being confirmed. In addition to the recently added Bruce Greenwood as Captain Christopher Pike, a few new women have been brought on board as well. The latest two are Winona Ryder as Amanda Grayson, Spock's mother, and P2 star Rachel Nichols as a yet unannounced character. Two fairly interesting choices that continue to beef up Star Trek with what could be the greatest sci-fi revival yet.
Winona was confirmed via Variety where it was also announced that she would play the Vulcan mother of a young Spock, played by Zachary Quinto. Spock's mother was played by Jane Wyatt in Episode 44 of The Original Series (titled "Journey to Babel"). According to StarTrek.com, "Grayson was a schoolteacher from Earth who married the Vulcan diplomat Sarek and gave birth to Spock in 2230. She reunited with her son when she accompanied her husband aboard the Enterprise during the Babel Conference in 2267, and was instrumental in helping Sarek and Spock reconcile some of their differences."
Rachel Nichols mentioned it herself in an interview with the Toronto Sun, saying, "But yes, there's a good chance you'll see my shining face in the new Star Trek." But she doesn't even know who she's playing! "There's a lot of buzz about it, but honestly, I don't even know the name of my character."
Although Rachel Nichols not even knowing her character's name isn't a good thing, Winona being added most definitely is. She's a fine actor and definitely one of the stronger ones to be added to the cast. Although her role is rather limited, I think she'll be a great addition. For the rest of the Star Trek casting information, looked in the Related Articles section below.