Star Trek fans have been eagerly awaiting the May 5th premiere of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ first season. The series will be closer in format to the franchise’s original series and even has Captain Christopher Pike at the helm. Pike was a precursor to the infamous Captain James T. Kirk.  When Pike appeared on Star Trek: Discovery, fans were ecstatic, to say the least, and actor Anson Mount hit it out of the park with his portrayal of the character. 

After the announcement that Mount’s Captain Pike was heading to Strange New Worlds, fans couldn’t help but speculate if they would be seeing Kirk in the new series. Turns out, they will. According to DeadlineVampire Diaries actor Paul Wesley will play the iconic captain in season 2. Wesley, himself, took to Twitter with a heartfelt post about his new gig. 

The second season is already in production in Toronto which is amazing in itself since season 1 hasn’t even started. The Paramount Plus Twitter page posted an image of Wesley in the Captain’s chair. Wesley will be the third actor to play James T. Kirk following in the footsteps of OG William Shatner and Chris Pine

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“Paul is an accomplished actor, an astonishing presence and a welcome key addition to the show,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman and showrunners Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers in a statement. “Like all of us, he is a life-long Star Trek fan and we are excited by his interpretation of this iconic role.”

Paramount Plus is currently home to the Star Trek Universe. The streaming network has four current Star Trek series running (Discovery, Lower Decks, Picard and Prodigy) with Strange New Worlds becoming their fifth. There are other Star Trek series in the works as well, including a Starfleet Academy series and a Section 31 series with Michelle Yeoh. What a time to be a Trek fan!

In addition to Mount, Strange New Worlds stars Ethan Peck as Spock, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, Celia Rose Gooding as Uhura, Babs Olusanmokun as Doctor M’Benga, Jess Bush as Christine Chapel, Melissa Navia as Erica Ortega and Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh. 

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