Stra Trek Discovery has cast its young Spock. Veteran TV actor Ethan Peck has landed the job and will appear as the Vulcan science officer in season 2 of the series. It may be a bitter pill for some of us to swallow, but along with the announcement comes the sad realization that our Spock, the real Spock, Leonard Nimoy is gone.
As most fans know, the role of the U.S.S. Enterprise‘s half-Vulcan, half-human science officer was originated in 1966 on Star Trek the original series by the late Leonard Nimoy and played more recently on the big screen by Zachary Quinto.
Zachary Quinto took a little getting used to in one of the most iconic roles in science fiction history, and under the laser-like focus of millions of Trek fans eventually gained acceptance by some. No doubt there will be fans who will turn mean and hateful when Peck does his turn in the role, no matter what his take on the character may be, but that is par for the course.
Peck is best known for his roles on 10 Things I Hate About You and I Ship It. The 32-year-old actor is the grandson of Hollywood legend Gregory Peck. I am excited to see how Peck does in the role and how the relationship between Spock and Burnham gets portrayed.
Recently promoted showrunner Alex Kurtzman had this to say: “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.”
Set a decade before the events of the 1966 series, Discovery follows Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), a human Starfleet officer who was raised on Vulcan by Sarek and his wife Amanda, making her Spock’s foster sister. Although the first season featured Sarek (Michael Frain) in a key role, and made references to Michael’s childhood, any doubts about whether Spock would be introduced were virtually erased in the finale, in which the U.S.S. Discovery responded to a distress call by the Enterprise, captained by Christopher Pike (Anson Mount).
Returning in early 2019 on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount.