I’ve never been what you might call a hardcore “Trekkie,” although when I was a teenager I did attend my one and only Star Trek convention where I was fortunate enough to briefly meet and speak with actor James Doohan who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in Gene Rodenberry’s never bested – in my opinion – original and classic science fiction series. I remember thinking at the time how cool it was to finally get to shake the hand of the man who had a nice acting bit in one of my all-time fave episodes of The Twilight Zone, which probably tips my hand when it comes to how I really felt about Trek. Don’t get me wrong; I liked the original iteration of Star Trek, I just wasn’t as rabid about it as most of my friends were. Still, as a true geek who salivates over any mention of Roy Thomas and his nigh legendary run on DC’s All-Star Squadron, I can relate to all of the Trekkies out there, even if I don’t routinely partake of that particular vice; Which is why I’m pretty sure I can pick up on all of the positive vibes and extreme excitement from Trek fans about the upcoming spinoff show Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is set in the pre-Captain Kirk days of the U.S.S. Enterprise and follows the adventures and explorations of Captain Christopher Pike and his gallant crew.
Variety announced last Friday that the Paramount Plus production of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has officially left the realm of imagination – and the writer’s room – to begin actual production. And what’s more, the already bursting at the seams cast for the show has added five brand-spankin’ new cast members to their lot.
In true otherworldly fashion that Star Trek is lauded for, the announcement of the start of production came in the form of a video which showcased the lead actors of the show – Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck – along with five new additions to the cast, Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Jess Bush and Melissa Navia.
This new look at the Star Trek universe comes to us courtesy of writers Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman will be directing the premiere episode and heir to the Roddenberry throne – Rod Roddenberry – will be keeping an eye on everything in his role as an executive producer.
In a press release, Goldsman said that “In a career, there is never enough work that is pure joy. I feel that my friend Alex Kurtzman along with David Stapf at CBS Studios and Julie McNamara at Paramount+ have given me just that by letting me haunt the stock rooms of my favorite candy store and I am grateful. With a hell of a cast and undying love for the original series, we boldly go.”
This latest rendition of Star Trek joins other ongoing Trek endeavors such as Discovery, Picard and the animated ongoing called Lower Decks. Another animated opus entitled Star Trek: Prodigy is set to drop this year.