CBS All Access’ STAR TREK: DISCOVERY was such a runaway hit it wasn’t much of a surprise that it was renewed for a second season, and actor Anson Mount (Marvel’s The Inhumans) will be joining the cast for the new season as Captain Christopher Pike of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Production for the second season will begin later this month with no confirmed airdate at the time of this writing.
Captain Pike appeared in the original Star Trek series, as the former leader of the Enterprise before William Shatner’s James T. Kirk. The role was played by Jeffrey Hunter in the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage” which aired in 1966, and then he was played by Sean Kenney in “The Menagerie.” Bruce Greenwood then played the role of Captain Pike in the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek movie and its sequel.
Pike’s name was also mentioned in the finale of Season 1 of Discovery to tease for the fans.
Otherwise, little is known about the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, although it takes place nine years before the original Star Trek series.
Previously, Mount, who is repped by UTA and Brookside Artist Management, played the superhuman monarch Black Bold in Marvel’s The Inhumans, which ran for a single season on ABC, temporarily filling the slot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That series hasn’t been renewed for a second season, but if Mount is jumping ship, it’s less likely to continue. Mount also appeared on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, in the Liam Nesson thriller Non-Stop and the Straw Dogs remake in 2011.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor