While he’s best known as Data, the android striving to be more human, from Star Trek: The Next Generation and it’s subsequent films, Brent Spiner has racked up quite the resume over the years in the world of acting. This fall he’ll add one of The CW’s superhero shows to the list.
Spiner, as reported by Deadline, will be picking up a recurring role on the fourth season of Supergirl, playing the role of Vice President Baker. The character is described as “Adept and politically minded, VP Baker makes for an unlikely leader, but steps up in a big way when his country needs him most.”
News of Spiner’s casting in the role matches the reported return of Lynda Carter in the series role of President Olivia Marsdin, which she previously portrayed in the first two seasons of the series.
This move to buff up the political related roles makes sense with the recent season four trailer and the introduction of Sam Witwer’s Agent Liberty who seems to be leading a crusade against any aliens being on the planet. Supergirl’s writers have never shied away from using the series to comment on current events, in this case, the tense political divide in the country that has many targeting immigrants including rounding up children.
President Marsdin’s secret status of being of the alien shapeshifting race known as the Durlan will likely play a big part in Baker’s story.
Supergirl returns on October 14, moving this season to anchor The CW’s renewed Sunday programming.