Zendaya Looks Good In Pointed Ears As Star Trek’s Newest Vulcan

By Jeffrey Rapaport | Published

Clearly, as the photo above imagined by GFR evidences, Zendaya kills it as a Vulcan—at least visually. It’s hard not to imagine her stepping into the Star Trek universe, embodying the steely Vulcan essence. After all, the actor is famed for her exceptional ability to convey deep emotions with minimal expression. We can think of a few other talents more ideal for playing such a nuanced role. 

Zendaya Could Play Spock’s Daughter

Trekkies will remember how the rebooted Star Trek film series, directed by J.J. Abrams, featured an alternate Kelvin timeline. Therein, Spock (played by Zachary Quinto) and Nyota Uhura (played by Zoe Saldana) share a lengthy, multi-dimensional romantic relationship. The film featuring Vulcan-Zendaya could occur a generation after the conclusion of Star Trek Beyond, the latest film in the Kelvin sequence. This could pave the way for a Vulcan child of Spock and Nyota who is grown up and yearns to explore the stars, bring honor to her esteemed parents, and live long and prosper, of course.

Zendaya Is Perfect For The Part


Ultimately, her elegant poise and understated acting would coincide well with the Vulcan penchant for logic and emotional restraint. More likely than not, Zendaya’s performance would explore the intricate balance between Vulcan logic and the undercurrents of suppressed emotions. Expect a character both viscerally relatable and enigmatically distant.

Timothee Chalamet As A Starfleet Captain

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But who would be the captain of the Starfleet ship she’d serve on? None other than Timothée Chalamet, of course. Setting his peerless good looks aside, Chalamet’s knack for portraying vulnerability and strength simultaneously makes him a uniquely compelling candidate for a Starfleet leader. Undoubtably, his captain would blend charismatic leadership with introspective wisdom—a young prodigy navigating space’s vastness and interstellar diplomacy’s complexities. It would be a role requiring charm and brooding, Hamlet-esque depth. Obviously, Chalamet would be as perfect playing a Starfleet captain as Zendaya would be playing a Vulcan. 

Chalamet Is Perfect For David Marcus

Perhaps Chalamet could play a reimagined version of David Marcus–the child had by Captain Kirk and Dr. Carol Marcus in the original timeline. Here, David would channel his conflicting resentment and admiration for his father into a burning—albeit troubled—ambition to soar through space, captaining his own Starfleet vessel. Perhaps a love story burgeoning between him and a certain gorgeous Vulcan science officer could temper his emotionally unhealthy fixation with outdoing his absent father and channel it into something constructive. 

Star Trek Dream Project: A Denis Villeneuve, Zendaya, And Timothee Chalamet Reunion

Of course, in the director’s chair filming scenes starring Zendaya and Chalamet, who better than Denis Villeneuve? His visionary storytelling and atmospheric world-building ensured Dune: Part One was a major critical and box office hit. Plus, he’s obviously worked with both the actors mentioned above—and on a sci-fi project, to boot. 

Zenday’s Upcoming Work

Of course, all three collaborated on the upcoming Dune: Part Two, which is out March 15. Fans eagerly await seeing Chani, Zendaya’s character, take on a more prominent role as the protagonist alongside Paul Atreides (Chalamet). 

The queen herself will also star in Challengers, a rom-com sports drama out April 26. She’ll play Tashi, a former tennis player turned coach who enrolls her husband in a challengers’ tennis event. Tensions fly when he ends up facing her ex-lover/ his own buddy. In addition to acting in the film, Zendaya served as a producer. 

Lastly, look out for Zendaya in Season Three of Euphoria, expected sometime in 2025.