Look who's joined Conan: Star Trek's alien hottie

Rachel Nichols, whom we're sure you'll remember as the green-skinned, red-headed Orion who hooked up with James T. Kirk in Star Trek, has joined the cast of Marcus Nispel's Conan, according to Latino Review.

Nichols, who also portrayed Scarlett in G.I. JOE, apparently beat out both Cloverfield's Jessica Lucas and The L Word's Sarah Shahi for the role of Tamara, who teams up with Conan to face down the powerful warlord Khalar Singh.

Here's how her role was described in the original casting notes:

Tamara is 18 to 24 years old, Caucasian or Middle Eastern, open to all ethnicities; beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery. A master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen's servant, bodyguard and best friend. She and many other female bodyguards to the queen have been in hiding most of their lives because of the curse of Acheron, which would take the queen's life to bring almost immortal power to its king. When Khalar Singh, a powerful warlord with ambitions to become the king of Acheron, storms the monastery and captures all of the novitiates, she is separated from Ilira, the one she must protect. With all of her strength and will, Tamara is determined to find and rescue her. She finds herself in league with Conan because of a mutual need to find Khalar Singh. She is not in the least intimidated by Conan's size or grim demeanor and their alliance eventually blossoms into something that surprises them both.

Nichols is the second member of the G.I. Joe cast to join Conan, since Leo Howard, who played young Snake Eyes, will be bringing the young Conan to life.

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