During San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks ago, along with the debut of a Season 2 trailer, it was revealed that Spock would be joining Star Trek: Discovery. At the time, no casting had been announced for the iconic character. Today, Startrek.com let loose the news that there is now a new Spock!
Who could slip into the ears and continue the legacy that started with Leonard Nimoy? Who could stand up to the current stoicism portrayed by Zachary Quinto? The answer may surprise you. After a lengthy search, Alex Kurtzman (executive producer, Discovery) announced Ethan Peck as the next incarnation of Spock:
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.
The Spock of Discovery is younger by at least ten years from Nimoy’s Spock on Star Trek: The Original Series and has no connection to Quinto’s Kelvin-timeline Spock. He is the foster brother of Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), but how their relationship brings Spock into the show is still unknown.
Ethan Peck got his start as a kid in various television roles and even played a young version of Kelso in That ’70s Show. His film credits include The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Curse of Sleeping Beauty. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is the grandson of the legendary Gregory Peck (To Kill A Mockingbird). Ethan Peck has the looks, sure, but is he truly Spock? We have to wait for Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery to find out. Given the praise from Kurtzman and the long casting search, fan’s fears should be minimal, though. In the words of Spock himself, live long and prosper, Mr. Peck. We welcome you to Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery returns to CBS All Access in 2019. Season 1 can be streamed online now.
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