Star Trek: Discovery has cast its Spock! Ethan Peck will be joining the cast in the iconic role of the USS Enterprise‘s half-human, half-Vulcan science officer. Peck, the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, has previously appeared in ABC Family’s series 10 Things I Hate About You and CW Seed’s I Ship It.
Star Trek: Discovery, which takes place earlier than the original Star Trek, hinted that Spock might be making an appearance when the Discovery came across the Enterprise in its travels. Apparently, Spock will still be chief science officer, but under Captain Christopher Pike, who will be played by Anson Mount. Of course, Spock’s family is already tied to Discovery, as his foster sister Michael Burnham is one of the main characters of the show, so it will be interesting to see how their relationship plays out across the second season of the series.
Showrunner Alex Kurtzman had this to say of the pivotal choice:
Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek. The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion… [W]e searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role. An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion and yearning. Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.
Star Trek: Discovery will return to CBS All Access early in 2019.