9:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Star Trek: Discovery' Casts Its Spock
CBS All Access has cast its Spock.
Ethan Peck has been tapped to take on the iconic role and will play the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer of the USS Enterprise in season two of the SVOD service's Star Trek: Discovery.
"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," showrunner Alex Kurtzman said Tuesday in a statement. "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 takes place before the original Star Trek series. Clues that Spock would be formally introduced came in the season one finale in which the Discovery encountered the USS Enterprise — otherwise known as the ship that would eventually be captained by James T. Kirk and that counts Spock among its ranks.
In Discovery, Spock is still chief science officer under Capt. Christopher Pike (new series regular Anson Mount). The season two trailer (watch it again, below) offers a better update on what Spock is up to in Discovery as the clip reveals the Vulcan is off on his own journey. "He took leave," Pike says in a voiceover. "It’s as if he’d run into a question he couldn’t answer.”
Spock has a larger connection to the USS Discovery — notably his father, Sarek (James Frain) and foster sister, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). With Michael’s theory of her relative being connected to a series of cosmic anomalies, it appears that a Star Trek plot could once again revolve around a search for Spock.
Peck, meanwhile, is the grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck. His acting credits include playing Heath Ledger's part in ABC Family's TV take on 10 Things I Hate About You and CW Seed's I Ship It. This past pilot season, Peck was tapped to star in the ABC drama pilot For Love. He is repped by Untitled and Jackoway Tyerman.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to return in early 2019.