Ethan Peck cast as Spock for Star Trek: Discovery season two
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Iconic Star Trek character Spock has been recast for the third time. The half human, half vulcan, played by Leonard Nimoy in the original series and movies and Zachary Quinto in the recent rebooted movie franchise, was hinted at in the recent season two trailer for Star Trek: Discovery. And now it seems as if we will meet the legendary character early next year.
Ethan Peck has been cast in the role, Variety has confirmed, playing the science officer on the USS Enterprise, which was glimpsed in the season one finale. He won't be the only recasting for the Star Trek prequel series; Anson Mount was recently confirmed to be playing Kirk's predecessor Captain Pike, a role which see Mount as a principal actor for season two.
Showrunner Alex Kurtzman made the following statement on Peck's casting.
"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.
"We 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 returns early next year.