The latest search for Spock has come to an end. CBS All Access and the minds behind Star Trek: Discovery have found a brand new actor that will pick up the iconic half-human half-Vulcan role played by Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto through the last fifty years.
As reported on StarTrek.com, Ethan Peck (ABC Family’s 10 Things I Hate About You & In Time) has been the one tapped to take on the role for Discovery‘s upcoming sophomore season on the streaming CBS platform. At the end of season one, the Discovery crew encountered the U.S.S. Enterprise, the ship of Spock and Kirk in the orginal series and films, leading many to wonder how the show might approach the character who is the foster brother of the series main character Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). Peck is the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck.
“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.”
Anson Mount was already cast previously to take on the role of Captain Christopher Pike, the captain of the Enterprise in this ten year period before the adventures of Kirk in the original series, and he featured heavily in the season two trailer that debuted during San Deigo Comic Con. Spock was not shown in that trailer but was mentioned as Burnham sought him out, only to find out that he took leave from the Enterprise to search for something connected to the new mystery that the crew will be dealing with in the new season.
Peck’s arrival as Spock comes at a time when the series is going through a semi-shifting of gears as the Klingon war of the first season is over with and the show looks to be entering a time that will be somewhat lighter and more fun in tone while still sticking to the world it had been building.
Star Trek: Discovery returns to CBS All Access in 2019.