A new trailer for CBS All Access’ popular series debuted today at New York Comic Con, and the most notable addition to the show is the return of a TOS favorite. Spock, originally played by the late Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series in the 1960s, will be played by Ethan Peck, grandson of To Kill a Mockingbird star Gregory Peck.
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman told Variety in August Peck was the best actor who encompassed the spirt of every Spock iteration to date, from Nimoy to Zachary Quinto in the later movies.
“Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek,” Kurtzman told Variety. “The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion. We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role.”
Peck will play a much younger Spock, considering Star Trek: Discovery takes place 10 years before the events of the original series.
Star Trek: Discovery returns Jan. 17, 2019.