“Star Trek: Discovery” Casts its Spock

CBS All Access has found its Spock. 

After extensive searches, Ethan Peck will portray the iconic Star Trek character.

Peck, whose acting credits include Madame Secretary, Gossip Girl, 10 Things I Hate About You, and That ’70s Show will to take on the role of the half-human half Vulcan alien for Star Trek: Discovery’s sophomore run.

“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,” says showrunner Alex Kurtzman. “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.”

Speculations on who would be cast as Spock were kicked into high gear after season one finale cliffhanger revealed the USS Enterprise, the ship that would eventually be captained by James T. Kirk and where Spock serves. 

Peck took to social media and shared a picture of himself saluting in Vulcan style and wrote, “Beyond all logic, beyond what I thought was possible, I find myself in this reality. It is with great honor and a sense of immense responsibility that I take on the iconic role that Leonard gave to us and that Zachary did brilliant justice to. Thank you Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Terry Farrell and David Knight for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity, support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the half alien we know as Mr. Spock. 🖖🏼”

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere in early 2019.