Former Marvel’s Inhumans star Anson Mount has announced on Twitter that he’ll be joining the cast of Star Trek Discovery as Christopher Pike, who fans of the classic series will remember as one of the Enterprise’s most distinguished captains prior to Kirk’s reign.
“Cat’s out of the bag,” he tweeted. “Yep, I have officially joined STARFLEET, a dream I’ve had since around the age of 8 when I first discovered TOS syndicated on my local access channel in middle TN. And couldn’t be more excited to be playing PIKE! @startrekcbs.”
The emergence of Pike seems likely to play into one of Discovery‘s season one cliffhangers, in which the crew received a distress call from the Enterprise.
The role of Christopher Pike was originated by Jeffrey Hunter in the scripted pilot for The Original Series in 1966, with the role eventually being recast with Sean Kenney.
This version of Pike reappeared in a transportable life-support unit and gruesomely scarred in ‘The Menagerie’. Bruce Greenwood played an alternate universe version of the character in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek films as well.
Discovery has previously delved into the mythology of the original series by casting Rainn Wilson as the conman Harry Mudd, one of the most popular villains from the ’60s incarnation of Star Trek.
The show also features Spock’s father Sarek in a major supporting role, leading to some questions over whether Starfleet’s Vulcan officer will pop up in Discovery season two. Intriguingly, Pike served as a mentor figure to Spock in the ’60s series.
Star Trek: Discovery is available to stream now on Netflix in the UK and CBS All Access in the US.