Star Trek: Discovery has cast the role of Spock's biological mother and Michael Burnham's adoptive mother, Amanda Grayson.
While at the blue carpet premiere of Star Trek: Discovery last month, the folks at TrekMovie had the chance to talk to the show's executive producers Aaron Harberts, Gretchen J. Berg, and Heather Kadin regarding how big a role Sarek’s family will play going forward in the series. Although the three couldn't reveal much -- including whether Spock will make an appearance at some point -- Harberts did reveal to the outlet that The L Word actress Mia Kirshner has been cast as Amanda Grayson. The role, of course, was originated by Jane Wyatt in the season two episode of Stark Trek titled "Journey to Babel." The role was later played by actress Winona Ryder in director J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot.
Along with her work on The L Word, Kirshner has also appeared in Syfy's Defiance as well as the CW's The Vampire Diaries. It's currently unknown in which episode of Discovery Kirshner will make her debut as Amanda.
Set 10 years before the adventures of Kirk and Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series, Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp, with Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serving as Executive Producers.
The series is currently streaming on CBS All Access in the United States, Crave TV in Canada, and Netflix internationally; it kicked off on September 24, and will run until November 5 before taking a short break until airing its second half in January 2018. The third episode is set to hit the streaming service today.