Shortly after production on the second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds started Paramount+ surprised fans by announcing The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley would appear as James T. Kirk. Not much is known about how Kirk fits into the show or how much Kirk there will be in season two, but one cast member is now offering a little clue. We also have some more updates including a clue that another canon character should be showing up.
Chong talks working with the new Kirk in season 2
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Christina Chong (La’an Noonien-Singh) didn’t offer any story details, but she did talk about working with Paul Wesley on season two:
I can say that Paul Wesley is very funny, and I love working with him. We just have this thing where I don’t know what it is, but almost every interaction we’ve had at work has ended up in fits of giggles. That means we’re holding up the entire crew and the entire day’s work for much longer than we should be. That’s all I can say about that. I really enjoy working with him, and it’s great to have him on board for Season 2.
While not definitive, it does appear that Chong and Wesley have worked together enough to develop some chemistry, possibly indicating that he has a significant recurring role in season two. But previous reporting has also made clear that Anson Mount remains the star of the show, and Wesley is playing a “totally different” younger version of the Kirk we have seen before, as an officer on the USS Farragut.
Stand by for Roger Korby
In the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series it was revealed that Nurse Christine Chapel was once engaged with a scientist named Dr. Roger Korby, who goes missing in the year 2261 (two years after the setting of season one of Strange New Worlds). So far there has been no mention of Korby on the new series, with Chapel (now played by Jess Bush) happy to play the field as seen in episode five (“Spock Amok”).
When Trek fan Bill McCabe made a joke about Korby on Twitter following “Spock Amok,” Strange New Worlds co-showrunner and co-creator Akiva Goldsman replied simply with “stand by,” hinting that they do have a plan for Korby.
— Akiva Goldsman (@AkivaGoldsman) June 3, 2022
Shore leave with the crew
In other SNW news, some of the cast have shared video and photos of spending time together off set in Toronto, including Anson Mount showing Celia Rose Gooding trying her hand at axe throwing.
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) June 5, 2022
And Gooding shared some images of the crew out on the town enjoying some “shore leave.”
shots from shore leave. pic.twitter.com/pJ92fwPSsN
— celia r. gooding (@celiargooding) June 7, 2022
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds debuts on Thursday, May 5 exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and the Nordics. The series will air on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and stream on Crave in Canada. In New Zealand, it will be available on TVNZ, and in India on Voot Select. Strange New Worlds will arrive via Paramount+ in select countries in Europe when the service launches later this year, starting with the UK and Ireland in June.
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