Wednesday 16 March 2022

Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Paramount+ has officially announced that Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) is joining the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Wesley will play a young James T. Kirk before he replaces Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) at the helm of the USS Enterprise.

“Paul is an accomplished actor, an astonishing presence and a welcome key addition to the show,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman and showrunners/executive producers Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers said in a joint statement. “Like all of us, he is a life-long Star Trek fan and we are excited by his interpretation of this iconic role.”

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds reunites Star Trek: Discovery season two fan-favourites, Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The trifecta will be joined aboard the USS Enterprise by new series regulars Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Jess Bush and Melissa Navia.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts exclusively on Paramount+ on 5th May. There's no official announcement regarding the UK premiere, but it will be coming soon.

Are you looking forward to seeing Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. While it is a strange thing to post casting choices for season 2 of a show that has not started, this is welcome news. I hope that they will honor the format of the original shows and go more episodic, on classic sci-fi themes of human drama taken to a galactic scale. For me, Star Trek was always about how team work, leadership and liberal values tempered by logic and pragmatism can triumph over the Dark Side (pun intended) of humanity, which shines it's evil light in the form of greed, hubris, envy, arrogance, a lust for power and delusion of grandeur. Some great performances where delivered (albeit a bit camp) by the "bad guys" of the original series. I hope they bring back the character driven baddies, as opposed to universe spanning uber-threats that need a whole season to resolve with a deus-ex plot twist (ugh). Looking forward, although I think the casting choice is not ideal given the iconic way Shatner interpreted the role.

    1. It could be damage limitation following the teaser trailer's removal on the day Obi-Wan's teaser dropped to acclaim.


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