CBS is bringing back another fan favourite character from the original Star Trek series for upcoming franchise entry Star Trek: Discovery.
The Office and Backstrom star Rainn Wilson has been tapped for a guest starring role in the new Trek series as intergalactic criminal Harcourt Fenton “Harry” Mudd, TVWise has learned.
The character, initially played by Roger C. Carmel, is an intergalactic conman who first ran into Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise in the first season of TOS. The character subsequently appeared in the second season episode I Mudd, as well as an episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series.
CBS All Access offered no details on how Rainn Wilson’s Harry Mudd encounters the crew of the USS Discovery. Mudd is the second character from The Original Series who is set to appear in Star Trek: Discovery. As TVWise previously reported, Spock’s father Sarek, played by 24 alum James Frain, is also set to appear in the show’s thirteen episode first season in a guest starring role.
Devised for television by Bryan Fuller, who recently exited the project, Star Trek: Discovery is set ten years before The Original Series and features a new ship, new characters, and new missions. The lead character is not a Captain as with previous shows but a Lieutenant Commander, played by The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green. Other main cast members include Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Shazad Latif, Chris Obi, Mary Chieffo, Terry Serpico, Jason Isaacs, Mary Wiseman, Maulik Pancholy and Sam Vartholomeos
Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers. Netflix holds exclusive first window rights to the series in the UK and more than 170 other countries and will make episode available worldwide within 24 hours of their initial broadcast in the United States.