- Zoe Saldaña expresses her desire to appear in one more Star Trek film as Uhura.
- The actress praises her experience working with J.J. Abrams and her Star Trek co-stars.
- Saldaña reminisces about sharing jokes and improvising with the cast on set.
Zoe Saldaña has expressed her desire to return to the role of Uhura in the Star Trek film franchise “one last time”. Having portrayed the iconic character in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot and its two sequels, Saldaña recently shared her interest in reuniting with her Star Trek cast members during an interview while promoting the DVD and Blu-ray release of Special Ops: Lioness.
She stated: “I know it’s a lot to wrangle a whole bunch of people with busy schedules. But, working with J.J. Abrams, and for J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot was always just a wonderful and beautiful experience for me. So, if I get to do that one last time, I would be so grateful.”
Saldaña holds fond memories of working with her Star Trek co-stars, including Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, and the late Anton Yelchin. In a separate interview with BBC Radio 1, she recalled: “I also remember, because of the three Star Trek movies that I’ve done, that being in the same room with Simon Pegg, John Cho or Anton, Anton Yelchin… sometimes Chris Pine, whenever he wanted to jump in. Zachary Quinto was hysterical.”
Saldaña also mentioned the challenges of improvising with her co-stars: “Because these are very educated individuals, and they’re masters of words, and they would whip out little jokes here and there. That was really hard, to stay in character and improvise with them, but I don’t improvise. I do in Spanish, but not in English.”
However, should another Star Trek film materialize, the cast would have to reunite without Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away in 2016. Yelchin played the role of Mr. Chekov, a character that originally appeared in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, portrayed by Walter Koenig.
In the meantime, fans can catch Zoe Saldaña in the first season of Special Ops: Lioness, now available on DVD and Blu-ray.