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Majel Barrett-Roddenberry To Voice Enterprise Computer In J.J. Abrams' New Star Trek


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LOS ANGELES, CA (December 9, 2008) – Other than Douglas Rain, who supplied the vocals for the mutinous HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey and the robot butlers of Woody Allen's Sleeper, sci-fi fans may be most familiar with one other computer voice: that of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who gave personality to the computer of the starship Enterprise in four Star Trek television series and three films. In this tradition, the actress has joined the cast of J.J. Abram' new Star Trek film franchise as the familiar voice of the Enterprise computer.

The actress, who also appeared in the flesh as Nurse Christine Chapel on the original Star Trek series and later as Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

"It's great to see the commitment that J.J. and Paramount are making to help preserve the history of this iconic franchise," commented Trevor Roth, CEO of Roddenberry Productions, who negotiated the deal. "For Trek fans, hearing Majel voice the Enterprise computer has become a welcome tradition, and we are thrilled it will continue."

The first film in the new Star Trek franchise, to premiere in Summer of 2009, stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Winona Ryder, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Ben Cross and Anton Yelchin, with a guest starring role by Leonard Nimoy.

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Roddenberry Productions is where science fiction begins. Founded by Gene Roddenberry in 1967 under another name, the company has always had a dual focus; its entertainment properties and the merchandise that accompanies them. With a stable of science fiction successes including “Star Trek,” “Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict” and “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda,” the companies continues to be entertainment institution, passionate about providing meaningful, quality entertainment and memorabilia to fans within today’s multimedia environment. The science fiction leader strives towards creating entertainment that surpasses the objective of entertaining; offering people and opportunity to think, question and challenge the status quo of the world in which they live via a brand that stands for vision, space, technology, exploration, social issues, optimism and ground-breaking science fiction.

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