Sex in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’? Chris Pine, Rachel Nichols, Zoe Saldana Engage Full-Speed Ahead
Submitted by HollywoodChicago.com on November 21, 2008 - 1:36am.
CHICAGO – While “sex” and “Star Trek” typically aren’t found together in the same sentence, we learned this week from the official trailer for the new J.J. Abrams film that he’s clearly acquainting one with the other. But there’s more.
Chris Pine, who stars as the new (young) Captain Kirk, went so far as to tell Marc Malkin of E! Online that all the buzz about a particular striptease in the new “Star Trek” film from actress Zoe Saldana will live up to the hype.
“It’ll become famous,” Pine told Malkin about the Zoe Saldana scene. “[The film is] trying to be sexed up for a new generation that really isn’t used to seeing ‘Star Trek’. It’s a whole new beast.”
As for who Pine himself is pining for in the film, we briefly saw in the trailer released this week that the woman he climbed in bed with while wearing his best drawers was in fact actress Rachel Nichols, according to Malkin. It’s one of the film’s two love scenes.
While Pine wouldn’t say Nichols is tough to look at, he said (at least to Malkin) that even that kind of work is still very much work nonetheless.
“It was a lot of fun, but I think that day actually was a 20-hour day,” Pine told Malkin. “By the end, the novelty wears off. After many sandwiches and meals through the day, all you want to do is brush your teeth and go home.”
“Star Trek,” which is slated to release on May 9, 2008, stars Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Eric Bana as Nero, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Winona Ryder as Amanda Grayson, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Karl Urban as Leonard “Bones” McCoy and John Cho as Hikaru Sulu.
“Star Trek” also stars Bruce Greenwood as Christopher Pike, Ben Cross as Sarek, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, Leonard Nimoy as the old Spock, Greg Ellis as chief engineer Olsen and Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk.
Orions are a green-skinned, alien species in the Star Trek universe.
Vina (Susan Oliver) takes the form of an Orion slave girl in the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage", although she wasn't identified as such in the pilot until the footage is used again in "The Menagerie". Marta (Yvonne Craig) was a green-skinned seductive woman in "Whom Gods Destroy" but her species was not identified. Orion slave girls appear again in the franchise in the Enterprise episode "Borderland", and the episode "Bound" revolves around a trio of Orion slave girls. Orion slave girls are mentioned in dialog in episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, including "For the Uniform" and "Waltz".
Orion females are in particularly high demand as consorts and entertainment. Dialog in "The Menagerie" describes the Orion slave girls as "vicious, seductive" and that "they say no human male can resist them." The plot of "Bound" reveals that their seductive prowess stems in large part from the pheromones they release. These pheromones also have an incapacitating effect on males of most other species (Vulcans at least are immune). Orion women are known for their wiles and sexual appetites. An illusory Orion slave girl was one of the very first aliens to be seen in Star Trek when one appeared in the first Trek pilot episode, "The Cage".