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Fans of FOX’s hit medical drama House may still be getting used to star Jennifer Morrison’s new blond do on the show, but Star Trek geeks who have no idea who she is will be getting a load of the next hot sci-fi favorite next year when Jennifer Morrison jumps onto the U.S.S. Enterprise in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. Morrison has already been confirmed as joining the cast, but no one knows what role she’ll be playing. Speculation is that she’ll be assaying the Yeoman Rand part, but Abrams seems to have shot that one down. Now the guys over at SyFy Portal have a new theory, and let’s just say that she and William Riker has something in common — they’re both Number Ones!
New reports have surfaced that Morrison will play the first officer of the USS Enterprise under Capt. Pike.
“Gene Roddenberry wanted a woman in a high-ranking role on the show, but NBC wouldn’t hear of it,” the source said. “Now his wish of having a female XO under Pike is finally coming to pass.”
The original role of “Number One” was credited to M. Leigh Hudec, but was actually played by Majel Barrett, who would go on to voice the ship’s computer, and play a couple different roles including Nurse Chapel in the original series and Lwaxana Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
I can dig it. Of course, speculation and rumor being what it is — you know the drill.