On Tuesday, CBS All Access announced that Ethan Peck would be putting on the ears as Spock in Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Spock, the iconic half-human, half-Vulcan Science Officer of the USS Enterprise was first played by Leonard Nimoy in the original series and has been played in the recent movie series by Zachary Quinto. The character and the actors who have played him are all highly recognizable, but Ethan Peck is not. In fact, you may be saying "Who tf is Ethan Peck?" Well, we have the answers. Here's what you need to know about the new Spock.
1. He's a descendent of Hollywood royalty.
His grandfather is the late Gregory Peck, who won an Oscar in 1962 for his iconic performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and who also starred in Spellbound, Roman Holiday and Cape Fear. Ethan's middle name is "Gregory" in honor of his grandfather.
2. He's been acting for awhile, but this is by far his biggest live-action role.
His first role was at age 9 in a short-lived ABC crime drama called Charlie Grace. In between then and now, he's appeared on That '70s Show as a young version of Ashton Kutcher's character Kelso, starred as Heath Ledger's Patrick Verona on ABC Family's series adaptation of 10 Things I Hate About You and appeared on two episodes of Gossip Girl as director David O. Russell's assistant. Gamers will recognize his voice and likeness from Halo 4, where he was the CG model for Spartan Gabriel Thorne.
4. He likes Aphex Twin
The t-shirt he's wearing in this photo bears the logo for experimental electronic musician Aphex Twin. Aphex Twin is basically Vulcan music, so he has the right kind of brain to nail Spock's logical/emotional balancing act.
5. His Spock will be different than previous Spocks
Discovery is a prequel to The Original Series, and Peck's young Spock hasn't even met Captain Kirk yet. Instead, his story will be tied to his adoptive sister Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). And his personality won't quite be the same as it is later on. "This is not entirely the Spock who has been formed enough to be the Spock that we know from TOS. There's a lot of story about who Spock was before he becomes the Spock that is the yin-yang to Kirk," executive producer Alex Kurtzman told TV Guide. "What I'm so excited about is that we have an opportunity to present a version of Spock that's both totally consistent with the Spock everyone knows but very, very different. And it's all gonna tie to how we sync up with canon."
Star Trek: Discovery will return for Season 2 in 2019 on CBS All Access.
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