Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the upcoming Paramount+ series set on Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise, began production in February. Now the show’s star is giving an update on what it’s like to film the series in this new era we live in.
Strange New Protocols
While in Toronto for production for Strange New Worlds, Anson Mount has been doing promotion for his new movie The Virtuoso. Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Mount revealed they are about halfway through shooting the first season, and says he’s happy to be on set after spending a year at home during the pandemic. “The last time I was home for a year was my junior year in high school. Everyone’s glad to be back at work,” he reports.
But Mount did note the differences that impact both how the show is shot and life off the set as well. The lockdown in Ontario means less socializing with the cast, as Mount laments, “Normally I’d be throwing barbecues.” The actor explains how his interactions with the cast (including the newer actors) is limited to the work :
“COVID [protocol] makes everything take longer, but you get through it and it’s weird trying to get to know my cast only on set.” However, despite everything, “it’s been one of the smoothest starts I think I’ve ever had in television.”
Last month those COVID protocols identified a guest star who had to be quarantined along with some members of the crew, but the production was still able to continue, as the contact was limited.
Mount still expressed enthusiasm for the work they are doing on set to RadioTimes:
“We’re really happy with the material. We’re all having a good time together.”
Mount, who is a fan of Star Trek, has recently praised the more episodic format of the Strange New Worlds, saying it feels more like ” classic Trek” which he sees as being “founded on the big idea of the week.”
In other SNW news, director Maja Vrvilo sent out a message on social media confirming she directed the second episode by revealing some behind-the-scenes images of her laptop and a clapperboard. These show off some working logos for the show; however, the final title treatment for Strange New Worlds has not yet been revealed.
— Maja Vrvilo (@majavrvilo) May 1, 2021
Vrvilo has previously directed episodes of both Star Trek: Picard and Discovery. It has been reported that co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman directed the first episode of Strange New Worlds, and it’s likely there are more familiar directors to come, including Jonathan Frakes, who has already been confirmed to be directing episodes of the new seasons of Picard and Discovery.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is expected to arrive on Paramount+ in 2022.
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