Anson Mount Joins ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ As Captain Pike
It looks like Anson Mount is moving from the moon to the bridge of the USS Enterprise as he’s landed the role of Captain Christopher Pike it has been announced.
If you remember, in the closing scene of ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ Season 1, the titular exploration vessel was on its way to Vulcan to pick up a new captain when they pick up a distress call from the Enterprise. As anyone who knows about Star Trek lore will tell you, the captain of the ship in this time period is Pike as it pre-dates Kirk getting his grubby paws on the captain’s chair.
The iconic Star Trek character was originally played by Jeffrey Hunter in the first ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ pilot. The character was brought back in the TOS episodes “The Menagerie, Part I and II.”, played by Sean Kenney, albeit in disfigured makeup. Bruce Greenwood then portrayed the alternate universe Pike in both the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ movie and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’.
Anson Mount has a number of tv shows and films to his name, but you will most likely know him from either ‘Hell on Wheels’ where he played Confederate soldier turned railroad man Cullen Bohannon, or ‘Inhumans’ where he starred as Black Bolt, the Inhuman ruler.
Although Mount has been cast on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ that doesn’t definitively rule out a return of the as-yet-to-be-officially-cancelled ‘Inhumans’ for a 2nd season (as unlikely as that may be…) EP Alex Kurtzman has previously said the Enterprise does play an important role in the show’s second season, but won’t be the focus of the show. “The show is called ‘Discovery.’ It’s not ‘Enterprise,’” he added.
‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ Season 1 can be seen on Netflix in the UK. Season 2 does not yet have an air date but is due to start filming soon.