Star Trek reveals first details about new spin-off series Strange New Worlds
Star Trek has revealed the first exciting details about its latest spin-off
The upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will bring back Anson Mount as Captain Pike, with the series actually being set a decade before Kirk ever stepped foot aboard the Enterprise.
Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn are also due to return from Discovery as the Enterprise's chief science officer Spock and Number One, respectively. Discovery and Picard's Akiva Goldsman has signed on to write the premiere of Strange New Worlds.
At Comic-Con: At Home on Thursday (July 23), the team behind the Star Trek live-action franchise confirmed that work on Strange New Worlds has moved forward even during the pandemic.
"The [writers'] room has started. There are ten stories broken [or, conceived], which is exciting," Alex Kurtzman revealed. "They're just sort of at the beginning, but it was one of those shows where everyone came in with such enthusiasm and so much love."
The team also touched on what projects like Strange New Worlds symbolise during this period of uncertainty caused by the pandemic and political divisions worldwide.
"I think we're all so proud to working on a show with a message that really matters, really resonates," executive producer Heather Kadin said. "I think, anyone who really loves what they do on this side of the camera, on the other side of the camera, is hoping to say something.
"I think, what's great when you're working on genre, is often you get to say things about current events and mask them so they don't feel like medicine, or like you're being taught something. In the case of Star Trek, I think, thematically it's just been baked into what Star Trek is — a better hope, equality, gender equality, racial equality, sexual equality. It's what is is."
When the project was announced earlier this year, CBS All Access promised viewers would experience the Enterprise visiting "new worlds around the galaxy".
"Fans fell in love with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck’s portrayals of these iconic characters when they were first introduced on Star Trek: Discovery last season," CBS All Access executive vice president and head of programming Julie McNamara said.
"This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to Star Trek."
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