Two science fiction heavyweights are lending their voices to the newest installment of the Star Trek franchise. Today, Paramount+ announced John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings) and Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Black Mirror) are voicing the antagonists in the upcoming animated kids series Star Trek: Prodigy.
John Noble is the Diviner (and Gwyn’s dad)
John Noble – best known for his roles in Lord of the Rings and the wacky scientist star of Fringe – will voice the series’ lead villain, “The Diviner,” a ruthless tyrant who controls the asteroid of Tars Lamora. According to the announcement, The Diviner “exploits wayward species,” which explains a bit about how the various aliens from the series find themselves at the start of the show on Tars Lamora.
Credited as a series regular, John Noble’s Deviner will stop at nothing in his hunt for the USS Protostar, no matter the cost. The announcement also explained The Deviner’s motivations: “Though his goals are shrouded in mystery, his body is failing him and he created his progeny, Gwyn, to one day carry on his mission when she is ready for it.”
We have yet to see the Diviner, but Noble can be heard at the beginning of a trailer for the show in the trailer released last month saying “No one shall escape.” The Deviner’s 17-year-old progeny Gwyn (Ella Purnell) is of a new race called the Vau N’Akat and she can be seen in the trailer as she joins Dal and the other alien kids on the USS Protostar, a derelict Starfleet ship that includes an Emergency Training Hologram in the form of Captain Janeway (voiced by Kate Mulgrew).
Jimmi Simpson, spider robot minion
Jimmi Simpson is known for his starring role in the hit sci-fi series Westworld but may be better known to Star Trek fans for his role in the Star Trek-inspired episode of Black Mirror, “USS Callister.” Also credited as a series regular, Simpson is voicing Drednok, The Diviner’s deadly robotic enforcer.
According to Paramount Plus Drednok is heartless and cold. His sole purpose is to keep The Diviner on task and ensure that the Protostar is found. Drednok is a friend to no one, including The Diviner’s own daughter Gwyn and uses his menacing spider-like form to impose The Diviner’s will.
We can’t be sure, but Drednok may be one of the spider-like robots seen in last month’s trailer.
ICYMI: Prodigy Teaser
Watch last month’s trailer below. (See full TrekMovie analys)
Star Trek: Prodigy debuts on Paramount+ this fall.
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