Thursday, December 3, 2015

Nichols Joins Cast of "Star Trek: Renegades"

One of the dwindling numbers of iconic stars of the original Star Trek series has signed on to star in the independent fan-funded series "Star Trek: Renegades." Nichelle Nichols, the original Uhura - famed communications officer on the bridge of the original NCC-1701 Enterprise, returns to her landmark role as now Admiral Nyota Uhura.

Returning to act alongside his longtime Trek co-star will be Walter Koenig reprising his role of Pavel Chekov, Admiral Starfleet Security, This will be Koenig's final appearance in the role he has played for five decades. Once director Tim Russ shouts "That's a wrap!" Mr. Koenig will hang up his Starfleet uniform and move into full retirement from the character loved by fans worldwide.

Nichols, who suffered from a minor stroke this past year, is doing very well and is looking forward to returning to the franchise that made her and every other main cast member of the original series a household name. Nichols returned to her famous role a few years ago in the independent Tim Russ production "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men" and has joined the ranks of NASA scientific exploration back in September when she boarded the SOFIA (Stratospheric Infrared Observatory) aircraft. SOFIA is fixed with a 100-inch telescope that peeks into the universe's ultraviolet spectrum with more clarity than ground-based telescopes. Nichelle sat in the communications officer's seat as the modified Boeing 747 aircraft skimmed the edge of space. This was the first time a living actor from the landmark television series actually graced the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and the beginnings of outer space.

The next two episodes of "Star Trek: Renegades" is currently in production. Here is how you can become a part of this important show that continues the journey will "No one has gone before."

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