A new actor is set to take over as one of the most iconic sci-fi heroes in TV history, Captain James Tiberius Kirk!
In an unusual move, Paramount+ has announced that Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has added The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley to the cast of its currently shooting second season. He’ll sit in the chair vacated by William Shatner as a new take on the legendary Enterprise Captain.
“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.
The first season of Strange New Worlds doesn’t air until May 5, but several of Kirk’s familiar crewmates, including Mr. Spock and Lieutenant Uhura, are already in place after debuting in Star Trek: Discovery.
Get a first look at our new Kirk in the Captain’s chair above along with the recently released trailer below.
https://6c718e330c59a90b49670de99054c9ff.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.htmlStar Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 1 Teaser | Rotten Tomatoes TV
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is set to debut this May, and also stars Anson Mount as Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One, Ethan Peck as Mr. Spock, Babs Olusanmokun as Doctor M’Benga, Christina Chong as L’an Noonian-Singh, Celia Rose as Nyota Uhura, Jess Bush as Nurse Christine Chapel, and Bruce Horak as Hemmer.
I am deeply humbled and still a little startled to have been given the honor of playing the inimitable James T Kirk. Ever since I was a kid, I have been awed by the imaginative world Gene Roddenberry created.
Recently, I boarded a flight to LA to discover that the man in the pic.twitter.com/U8GVD4ZemP— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) March 15, 2022