We have some casting news regarding ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, and if you’re a fan of “The Office’, you should be over the moon right now. Rainn Wilson has just been cast on the new CBS show as a character who made his first appearance on the original ‘Star Trek’.
You’ll most likely remember Wilson for his role in ‘The Office’, as everyone’s favorite beet farmer Dwight Schrute. He joins a cast that includes ‘The Walking Dead’ actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who will star as the lead lieutenant commander, plus James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Anthony Rapp as a space fungus expert, and Michelle Yeoh as the captain in charge of the Starship Shenzhou. Other cast members include: Jason Isaacs as the captain of the Discovery; Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking official of Starfleet; Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue, the chief medical officer of the Starship Shenzhou; and Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor, a junior officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou.
Wilson will be portraying Harry Mudd who was a charismatic interstellar con man who had repeated run-ins with the crew of the Enterprise in the original “Star Trek.” The character, who was first played by Roger C. Carmel.
We do know that ‘Discovery’ takes place before the original series, so it wouldn’t be odd for other familiar names from the show to be recast for this upcoming series.
The show was originally set to be released in January but was delayed and now has been pushed back to late summer or early fall. –Jackson Hayes
Set roughly ten years before the events of the original Star Trek, the series follows the crew of the USS Discovery as they discover new worlds and civilizations, while exploring the franchise’s signature contemporary themes. The season-long storyline revolves around “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored”