Star Trek: Discovery has cast Ethan Peck in the iconic role of Spock for the second season of the CBS All Access drama. Best known for his roles on 10 Things I Hate About You and I Ship It, the 32-year-old actor is the grandson of Hollywood legend Gregory Peck.
The role of the U.S.S. Enterprise's half-Vulcan, half-human science officer was originated on the 1966 by Star Trek series by the late Leonard Nimoy, and played more recently on the big screen by Zachary Quinto.
“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,” 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.”
Set a decade before the events of the 1966 series, Discovery follows Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), a human Starfleet officer who was raised on Vulcan by Sarek and his wife Amanda, making her Spock's foster sister. Although the first season featured Sarek (Michael Frain) in a key role, and made references to Michael's childhood, any doubts about whether Spock would be introduced were virtually erased in the finale, in which the U.S.S. Discovery responded to a distress call by the Enterprise, captained by Christopher Pike (Anson Mount).
Returning in 2019 on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount.