10:00am PT by James Hibberd
'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Launches Production, Adds 5 Castmembers
The latest Star Trek spinoff is starting production.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is getting underway in Toronto, Canada, and has also just announced five additional castmembers.
Babs Olusanmokun (Black Mirror), Christina Chong (Tom and Jerry), Celia Rose Gooding (Jagged Little Pill), Jess Bush (Skinford) and Melissa Navia (Billions) will join the Paramount+ production as series regulars.
They're in addition to stars Anson Mount as Capt. Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock, all of whom made their debut in Star Trek: Discovery.
Paramount+ released a video with the cast talking about their excitement for the new series:
Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers will serve as co-showrunners, with Goldsman directing the premiere episode.
“I’m incredibly grateful to be working alongside Akiva and our brilliant, multi-faceted cast to help bring the adventures of the Starship Enterprise to new life,” Myers said in a statement. “For someone who’s been dreaming of spaceships and alien worlds since I was little, this show is a dream come true.”
The series follows Captain Pike and his crew in the years before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy. Strange New Worlds has been billed as a throwback to classic Trek, taking its name from the iconic opening credits voiceover of The Original Series, which had more of a planet-of-the-week episodic format compared to CBS All Access' more serialized Trek series such as Discovery and Picard.