Ethan Peck confirmed as Spock for season 2 of 'Star Trek: Discovery'

Ethan Peck, who is the grandson of the Academy Award-winning Gregory Peck, has been cast as Spock for 'Star Trek: Discovery'

                            Ethan Peck confirmed as Spock for season 2 of 'Star Trek: Discovery'

'Star Trek' made its much-awaited return to television after a 12-year hiatus with CBS All Access' 'Star Trek: Discovery' in 2017. The series rolled back the years for fans of the franchise, though there was one notable absentee — Spock. However, it was confirmed earlier that the human-Vulcan will be making his debut in the second season. It has now been revealed that Ethan Peck has been cast in the role.  

Peck will be the third actor to play the iconic science fiction character after the venerable Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto. Nimoy created the character for the original 'Star Trek' series and would portray him in eight feature films, 'Star Trek: The Animated Series,' as well as two episodes of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' in the process becoming one of the most beloved and recognizable actors of his time. 

Quinto took over the mantle for the 2009 reboot of 'Star Trek' and its sequels 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and 'Star Trek Beyond,' earning praise for his portrayal of a deceivingly complicated character.

Peck, who is the grandson of Academy Award-winning actor Gregory Peck and has previously made appearances in the likes of 'That '70s Show' and 'Gossip Girl,' will have some big shoes to fill. 

But he can take solace in knowing that he has a glowing recommendation from showrunner Alex Kurtzman. "Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek. The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion," he said.

He continued: "We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role. An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning. Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family."

Peck confirmed his casting in a Twitter post that read: "Thanks to the Nimoy family for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity, and support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the iconic half alien we know as Mr. Spock. It is an incomparable honor. #StarTrekDiscovery #LLAP"