Rainn Wilson cast as classic character on Star Trek: Discovery

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Mar 31, 2017

The star of The Office and Super is going where, well, one other actor has gone before.

Variety reports that Rainn Wilson, who played the obnoxious Dwight Schrute on the long-running NBC comedy The Office, is joining the new Star Trek: Discovery series as Harcourt Fenton Mudd, aka Harry Mudd, the interstellar con man, smuggler and thief who first made his debut in "Mudd's Women," the sixth episode ever broadcast during the original Star Trek's first season.

Mudd, played on the original series by character actor Roger C. Carmel, returned in the second season for "I, Mudd," one of the show's few all-out comedies. Carmel also voiced the character in "Mudd's Passion," a first-season segment of Star Trek: The Animated Series that aired in 1973 (a proposed episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that would have brought Mudd out of cryosleep sadly never materialized).

 

Mudd was one of the few guest characters to make more than one appearance on the original Trek and "Mudd's Women" was actually considered for filming as the show's second pilot (which ended up being "Where No Man Has Gone Before"). It's unclear how many episodes of Star Trek: Discovery he'll appear in.

As for Wilson, aside from his turn on The Office he's done his fair share of genre work, including James Gunn's aforementioned superhero satire Super, Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, The Last Mimzy, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Cooties.

He joins a cast that includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs and James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek. Star Trek: Discovery will debut sometime in late summer or early fall on CBS before being shoved off to the streaming service CBS All Access. The show's premiere has been delayed several times due to casting issues and behind-the-scenes shakeups, including the departure of showrunner Bryan Fuller.

What do you think of Harry Mudd coming back to Star Trek and Rainn Wilson playing him?