Captain Kirk to be Played by Paul Wesley in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

The Vampire Diaries alum will play the iconic Captain James T. Kirk on Season 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

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

Wesley is in the captain’s chair as Kirk has also been revealed by Paramount+ in his familiar yellow uniform in a first look photo. You can see it above.

Shatner originated the role in the original Star Trek series. (Chris Pine has also starred as Kirk in a number of recent Trek movies.)

Starring Anson Mount as Christopher Pike, who commanded the U.S.S. Enterprise before Kirk took over, Strange New Worlds premieres Thursday, May 5 on Paramount+.

Ethan Peck plays Science Officer Spock, with Rebecca Romijn as Number One. Those three characters first appeared in Star Trek: Discovery, which harkens back to the original Trek series.

In 2017, Wesley wrapped up a run of eight seasons on The Vampire Diaries, where he played vampire Stefan Salvatore. Tell Me a Story, 24 and Army Wives are among his other TV credits. The actor will also be appearing in Lifetime’s upcoming Flowers in the Attic: The Origin.

Paul Wesley took no time after the announcement was made to tweet about his delight at taking on the iconic role

two captain kirks
Paul Wesley ( aka Captain Kirk ) from Strange New Worlds and Star Trek’s William Shatner ( aka Captain Kirk ) take a ride together in the plane. Upon being offered the role as James T. Kirk, Mr. Wesley stated that he is both deeply humbled and still a little startled that he has been given the honor of portraying this inimitable character. Ever since I was a kid, I have been awed by the imaginative world Gene Roddenberry created.

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