After an age of waiting, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has begun production, according to the above video. The series sees Anson Mount reprising his Star Trek: Discovery role of Captain Christopher Pike. Returned to the U.S.S. Enterprise after the events of that show’s second season, he, Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Spock (Ethan Peck) continue on their mission to seek out strange civilizations and discover, well, you know.
Joining them are new cast members Babs Olusanmokun, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Jess Bush, and Melissa Navia. It is unclear who they will play, but with key crew positions unfilled, it is easy to imagine there is at least a helmsman, a chief engineer, and perhaps a chief medical officer among them. As it happens, the series utilized three of the four key characters originally devised by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry for the original pilot. The fourth name, Dr. Phil Boyce, appears to be missing from the roster. Granted, Strange New Worlds is set three years after the events of the first Star Trek pilot, so he may have transferred off the ship in the time since. That pilot episode, which featured Jeffrey Hunter as Pike, Majel Barrett as Number One, and Leonard Nimoy as Spock, was famously rejected by NBC. But the network commissioned a second pilot which launched the Star Trek brand and gave its original characters a chance to shine, albeit with new actors, 55 years later.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds begins its voyage on Paramount+ next year.