The ironic a part of the brand new Star Trek collection, Unusual New Worlds, is that it options some very acquainted Star Trek characters.
When the present debuts on Paramount+ later this summer time, it can star Anson Mount as Captain Pike, the unique Captain of the usS. Enterprise earlier than James T. Kirk, together with Rebecca Romijn as Quantity One and Ethan Peck as Mr. Spock. The present is formally billed as following these heroes “within the years earlier than Captain Kirk boarded the usS. Enterprise, as they discover new worlds across the galaxy.”
However right here is an attention-grabbing wrinkle: Unusual New Worlds will additionally characteristic James T. Kirk as effectively. Paramount introduced right this moment that the present has solid Paul Wesley in Season 2 of Unusual New Worlds because the younger James T. Kirk. That’s the primary official picture of Wesley as Kirk above.
Wesley was beforehand finest identified for his starring position on The CW collection The Vampire Diaries. Right here was Unusual New Worlds government producer Alex Kurtzman’s assertion on the information:
Paul is an completed actor, an astonishing presence and a welcome key addition to the present. Like all of us, he’s a life-long Star Trek fan and we’re excited by his interpretation of this iconic position
Wesley steps into some of the well-known roles in tv historical past. William Shatner performed Kirk on three years of Star Trek, plus quite a few motion pictures and the Star Trek animated collection. It appears heretical to recast as iconic a task as Captain Kirk — however Star Trek has already completed it as soon as. Chris Pine performed the primary “younger Captain Kirk” within the current Star Trek film collection, and did a wonderful job of evoking Shatner’s efficiency whereas making Kirk his personal. Now it’s Wesley’s flip to reinvent the character but once more.
Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds Season 1 premieres on Paramount+ on Thursday Could 5. Manufacturing on Season 2 is underway now.
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