Was Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols almost cast as Spock?

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

According to Nichelle Nichols—better known as Lt. Uhura, the U.S.S. Enterprise's communications officer from the classic Star Trek series—when she first showed up to audition, she read for the role of our favorite Vulcan, Mr. Spock.

Believe it or not, that's exactly what the actress recently told the Huffington Post in an article about a documentary made by Rod Roddenberry (Gene Roddenberry's son) called Trek Nation.

Here's the bit that grabbed our attention:

"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."

Maybe some of you discerning Star Trek fans will know about this and will be able to shed some much-needed light on the subject, but it's the first time we've ever heard about this.

Was Spock originally meant to be female? Or were they unsure about the sex of the character at the time? Roddenberry was a big proponent of female characters standing front and center: In the original Trek pilot, Capt. Pike's first officer was a woman (an idea the network made him scrap for that pilot's reshoot), so a Lady Spock wouldn't totally be out of left field.

But then we kinda brushed it aside because we know actor Martin Landau (Space: 1999, Ed Wood) was, for a long time, considered for the role of Spock, before it ultimately went to Leonard Nimoy.

Still, it's all quite fascinating.

(Via Huffington Post)