Star Trek: Discovery is going back to the origins of Star Trek. As the show moves closer and closer into the space of time inhabited by Star Trek: The Original Series, the chance of overlap grows greater. Discovery is going boldly into that space. First, it was announced that Captain Pike would be appearing on the show, played by Anson Mount. Now, Ethan Peck has been announced as the third main person* to portray the half human half Vulcan, Spock.
The character goes back to the original pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series. Spock was originally portrayed by Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy would continue to play the character for nearly five decades. The next man to take on the mantle of Spock was Zachary Quinto when Star Trek was rebooted in 2009 with an alternate timeline story. Now, Peck will take on the role in the prime timeline. This version of the character will take place before Star Trek: The Original Series Spock.
Ethan Peck is originally from Los Angeles. His film and TV credits include Passport to Paris, That ’70s Show, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 10 Things I Hate About You, In Time, Madam Secretary and The Curse of Sleeping Beauty.
“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,” Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman said in a statement. “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 is found in the United States on CBS All-Access. In Canada it can be watched on the Space Channel. The rest of the world can view it on Netflix.
The second season is expected to beam to TVs sometime in the beginning of 2019. What do you think of this new version of Spock? Are you excited to see where Discovery will take the character of Spock? What do you think of this casting news? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
*It should be noted that there have been some other actors who have played Spock at different points for younger versions of the character.