Ever since Alex Kurtzman revealed that Spock was headed to Star Trek: Discovery in Season 2, the big question on everyone's mind has been, "Who is going to be the internet's new obsession?" Among the speculation of who would take over the role made famous by Leonard Nimoy, Zachary Quinto's name came up the most. It's not surprising since his turn as Kirk's right-hand man in J.J. Abrams' reboot films earned the stamp of approval from both Nimoy and diehard Trekkies. However, he's not the actor who will play Spock in Discovery.
TV Guide has learned that Ethan Peck will take on the role of Spock in the CBS All Access series. Peck, who is the grandson of Hollywood legend Gregory Peck, previously starred as Patrick Verona in ABC Family's (now Freeform) 2009 adaptation of the film 10 Things I Hate About You. His other credits include Gossip Girl, Madam Secretary and the CW Seed series I Ship It.
Peck opened up about inheriting the iconic role from Quinto and the late Nimoy in an emotional Instagram post on Tuesday. "Beyond all logic, beyond what I thought was possible, I find myself in this reality. It is with great honor and a sense of immense responsibility that I take on the iconic role that Leonard gave to us and that Zachary did brilliant justice to," he wrote. "Thank you Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Terry Farrell and David Knight for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity, support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the half-alien we know as Mr. Spock."
Peck's Spock will remain true to Star Trek canon as the half-human, half-Vulcan Science Officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise. However, the version you meet in Discovery will be significantly younger and very different from the Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series. Since Discovery takes place a decade before the events of TOS, Spock hasn't developed quite into the empathetic voice of reason TOS fans know and love.
"There's a lot of story about who Spock was before he becomes the Spock that is the yin-yang to Kirk," Kurtzman previously 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 Season 2 heads to CBS All Access in early 2019. However, you won't have to wait much longer for new Star Trek. This fall, the streaming service will release four 10 to 15-minute stand-alone episodes titled Star Trek: Short Treks that will explore the backstories of side characters like the infamous smuggler Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) and Discovery crew members Saru (Doug Jones) and Tilly (Mary Wiseman). Plus, one episode will focus on Underground's Aldis Hodge as Craft, a man stranded aboard a deserted ship.
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Beyond all logic, beyond what I thought was possible, I find myself in this reality. It is with great honor and a sense of immense responsibility that I take on the iconic role that Leonard gave to us and that Zachary did brilliant justice to. Thank you Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Terry Farrell and David Knight for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity, support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the half alien we know as Mr. Spock. 🖖🏼 #StarTrekDiscovery #LLAP