Star Trek: Discovery Adds Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson has landed a role in Star Trek Discovery.

It looks as though The Office star Rainn Wilson is beaming up to the new Star Trek TV series, with the 51-year-old actor landing an iconic role based on an original series character.

“Star Trek: Discovery has cast The Office alum Rainn Wilson in the role of Harry Mudd,” revealed Variety. “It is unknown how many episodes Wilson will appear in at this time.”

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Of course, Star Trek fans will know exactly who that is.

Harry Mudd first appeared in the original Star Trek – an interstellar conman who had several run-ins with the crew of the USS Enterprise, and was originally played by Roger C. Carmel.

The Original Series Harry Mudd - Credit: CBS

And Rainn Wilson might just be the perfect man for the role.

As well as appearing on The Office, Wilson has starred in numerous film and TV projects, including stand-out roles in Six Feet Under and Backstrom. He also made waves in James Gunn’s quirky ‘superhero’ movie, Super.

Now, he joins Star Trek: Discovery… and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the role.

Star Trek: Discovery was originally set to air in January 2017, but repeated delays mean the show has been pushed back until sometime in the summer or early autumn.

“As Variety previously reported, sources say difficulties casting and behind-the-scenes flux, including Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, are cause for the show’s delay.”

Star Trek: Discovery stars Jason Isaacs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Terry Serpico, Maulik Pancholy, James Frain, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, and Mary Wiseman.

Star Trek: Discovery heads to CBS sometime later this year.

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What do you think of Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd? Are you looking forward to Star Trek: Discovery? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

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Ryan Leston is the Founder and Editor of Screen Jolt. He's a big movie nerd from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up.