Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Finds Its Captain Kirk in Paul Wesley

Captain Kirk will be coming to the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. This new Star Trek series takes place during the era when Captain Pike (Anson Mount) was in command of the Enterprise. For this series, Captain Kirk will be played by Paul Wesley.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman and showrunners and executive producers Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers shared in a release that “Paul is an accomplished actor, an astonishing presence and a welcome key addition to the show. Like all of us, he is a life-long Star Trek fan and we are excited by his interpretation of this iconic role.”

Paul Wesley tweeted after the announcement saying, “I am deeply humbled and still a little startled to have been given the honor of playing the inimitable James T Kirk. Ever since I was a kid, I have been awed by the imaginative world Gene Roddenberry created. Recently, I boarded a flight to LA to discover that the man in the empty seat beside me was the one and only William Shatner, having himself just returned from space. I could barely put two words together but ultimately I managed to say hello and we chatted. I’m not one who usually believes in fate but this was more than a coincidence. And of course I had to get a picture. So thanks Mr. Shatner for the good company. And for seating us together, my thanks to the great bird in the sky. Can’t wait for all of you to see our Captain Kirk on your screens.

The original Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner responded saying, “@paulwesley Keep my ship and crew safe, Captain! Congratulations!”
Wesley will be the third version of Captain Kirk to sit in the center seat after William Shatner and Chris Pine. It is unknown how big of a role he will have in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Official Description

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is based on the years Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The series will feature fan favorites from season two of Star Trek: Discovery, Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The series will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One in the years before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy.

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