Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the upcoming Paramount+ series set on Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise, is closing in on wrapping production on its first season, and the star of the show took a moment today to give fans an update… and some assurance.
Anson Mount’s message to old school Trek fans
On Wednesday morning, Strange New Worlds star Anson Mount revealed on Twitter that they’re beginning production on the season one finale. He also had a message for “old school fans”: They are going to be “VERY excited” about the show. And while this new Star Trek series is a return to some traditional Trek storytelling, Mount said playing Captain Pike was a personal challenge, and that he was doing “many things I’ve never attempted as an actor.”
Last ep of Season 1 starts shooting today. Old school fans are going to VERY excited to see what we’re trying to pull off with this one. Getting to do many things I’ve never attempted as an actor. So much fun! #StarTrek #StarTrekSNW
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) July 7, 2021
Mount’s message is part of a theme coming from the cast and creatives of this series ever since it was announced in the spring of 2020; this was after a year of fans calling for the return of Pike’s Enterprise with Spock (Ethan Peck), and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) at the end of season two of Star Trek: Discovery. Unlike the heavily serialized season-long plot arcs of Discovery and Picard, Strange New Worlds will be episodic, described by co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman as an “adventure-of-the-week but with serialized character arcs.”
Mount recently stated this “classic Trek” format is “founded on the big idea of the week, and the big idea of the week needs room to breathe.” Co-star Rebecca Romijn has also pointed to the format having a different tone than Discovery, explaining last month that “it’s in keeping with The Original Series — they’re standalone episodes. It’s a little bit lighter.”
Production on track
Filming on Strange New Worlds began in Toronto in February and in May, Mount stated it was going smoothly despite COVID protocols, adding “We’re really happy with the material. We’re all having a good time together.” Romijn echoed the sentiment last month: “We are visiting planets. We are visiting colonies, and we are so proud of our work so far.” While pandemic production does slow things down a bit, wrapping the 10-episode season in five months is fairly close to a pre-pandemic pace.
And Anson Mount isn’t the only one excited about starting work on the season finale. Director of photography Magdalena Gorka shared some Instagram stories today as the camera crew prepped for the first day of the finale.
Strange New Worlds is one of three live-action Star Trek series currently in production. Season four of Discovery began last November in Toronto and is expected to continue into next month after taking a hiatus from filming in the spring. Discovery season four is set to debut on Paramount+ by the end of 2021. Star Trek: Picard began production in February in Los Angeles, and is reportedly shooting seasons two and three back-to-back.
Teaser trailers for the upcoming seasons of Discovery and Picard have been released; however, no trailers or even images have been released yet for Strange New Worlds. It’s possible Paramount+ could reveal something during Comic-Con@Home later this month, but so far they have yet to announce their plans for the virtual event.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is expected to arrive on Paramount+ in 2022.
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