At today's Star Trek Day event Paramount+ announced lots and lots of new Star Trek TV news (and a little movie update too even), including very exciting casting/character news from Strange New Worlds, an exhilarating new trailer and keyart for Prodigy, plus a new trailers for both Picard and Lower Decks too, a release date for the next season of Discovery, a tease for the Starfleet Academy series, and a little preview from the remastered edition of The Motion Picture: The Director's Edition. Continue below to check out all the news!
First up let's look at Strange New Worlds, with the exciting news of the extended cast beyond Captain Pike, Number One (whose full name we now know is Una Chin-Riley), and Spock. Here's a little casting announcement video:
Wowie right? Classic characters reborn are:
- Cadet Nyota Uhura, played by Celia Rose Gooding
- Nurse Christine Chapel, played by Jess Bush
- Dr. M’Benga, played by Babs Olusanmokun
- Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh (I khan't believe that surname is a coincidence)
- Melissa Navia as Lieutenant Erica Ortegas
- Bruce Horak as Hemmer, an Andorian, and an Aenar no less, the blind sub-species appropriately played by a partially-sighted actor.
- Captain Christopher Pike, played by Anson Mount
- Una Chin-Riley, aka Number One, played by Rebecca Romijn
- Spock played by Ethan Peck
There were a couple of things that were really delightful to play with, as we were re-making it up. One was the hints of relationships that we imagined we saw, or knew we saw, that were never quite fulfilled - Attractions, potential connections made or missed - That was super delightful, because The Original Series was filled with those, and we never got to really play them through. So we constantly trying to imagine we were responding to promises that we thought were made...
I know there's been a lot of conversation about Starfleet Academy, which we are very excited about. When we talked about, there's this new generation that's going to come it's going to inherit the problems of the older generation, and what are they going to do to make the world better, to solve it; how are we going to avoid the mistakes of our elders, and how are we going to learn from the wisdom of our elders.
The Director's Edition of #StarTrek: The Motion Picture is coming exclusively to @ParamountPlus. The restoration is being undertaken by David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren R. Dochterman, all of whom worked previously with director Robert Wise. pic.twitter.com/qyWwg3vBsf— Star Trek on Paramount+ (@StarTrekOnPPlus) September 9, 2021