The “Star Trek: Discovery” panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend confirmed that the character of Spock would be featured in the second season of the series.
This raises the logical question – would they recast the role? While some fans have asked for the casting of the current film incarnation of Spock, actor Zachary Quinto, such casting is unlikely as the series is set a decade before the events of the 2009 film (not to mention likely in another ‘universe’).
The casting a few months back of Anson Mount in the role of Enterprise Captain Christopher Pike, a role Bruce Greenwood played in the films, seemed to ensure other familiar names would be getting new faces should they appear in the show.
Now, speaking with Variety after the panel, showrunner Alex Kurtzman confirmed that not only are they recasting the role of Spock but they’ve already got someone:
“We are, we are casting a new Spock. It’s not just a possibility, its been done. Everybody assumes that just because Spock is all about logic, that there is no emotion in there and that’s entirely untrue. So, finding an actor who can convey what we know to be very Vulcan, but also reveal so much emotion in the eyes and in the small gestures, so you understand there’s just a tornado of things happening under the surface is critical. So you need an actor who can do both of those things at the same time, which is very challenging.”
Kurtzman did not reveal who the new Spock actor is, either to the trade or at the panel, though it’s possible his deal just hasn’t been closed as yet. Spock’s role in the second season was teased in the new trailer released over the weekend.
The second season of “Star Trek: Discovery” is currently filming in Toronto ahead of a December 30th premiere on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on Netflix around the rest of the world.