The latest casting of for Star Trek: Discovery of Rainn Wilson was announced today. He is playing fan favorite “Harry Mudd”. He is charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal who seen in the original Star Trek television series.

Star Trek - Roger C Carmel and William Shatner
Star Trek – Harry Mudd (Roger C Carmel) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) ©1966 Paramount

Harry Mudd was played by Roger C Carmel in the original. The character was in the episode Mudd’s Women in 1966 and also I, Mudd in 1967. Harry was even given a full name! That of Harcourt Fenton Mudd!

In 1973 Roger voiced the character again. This time for the Star Trek: The Animated Series. The episode was titled Mudd’s Passion. Unfortunately the actor died in 1986 aged just 54.

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Star Trek Discovery – Rainn Wilson is set to appear as “Harry Mudd,” the charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal ©2017 CBS Television Studios

The new “Harry”, Rainn Wilson, has been Emmy nominated. This was for his role of Dwight Schrute in USA version of The Office. His film roles include Star Trek fan favorite Galaxy Quest (1999) and Super (2010). He is set to appear with Jason Statham in the upcoming pre-historic shark tale Meg (2018).

Captain of Discovery

There were two other casting announce earlier in the month. One was the Captain of Discovery and the other a cadet.

Jason Isaacs will star as “Captain Lorca”, the Captain of Starship Discovery. Isaacs’ credits include The OA on Netflix and Weinstein Company’s Hotel Mumbai. Two of his other roles can be seen in the photos below.

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Green Zone – Special Forces Lt Col Briggs (Jason Isaacs) leads his command © Universal
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Aqake 1.01 Pilot – Rex (Dylan Minnette) and Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) © 2012 NBC

The final actor is Mary Wiseman. She will star as “Tilly”, a Starfleet Academy Cadet. The character is in her final year of study and has been assigned to the Starship. Mary is a recent graduate of Juilliard and can currently seen in Baskets on FX.

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Baskets, Season 2, Episode 9 “Yard Sale” – Trinity (Mary Wiseman) 2017 FX Networks, photo by Colleen Hayes

Star Trek: Discovery Executive producers

In addition we have two behind the scenes pictures of Executive producers. One of Gretchen J Berg and the other Aaron Harberts.

Star Trek Discovery - Executive Producer, Gretchen J Berg
Star Trek Discovery – Executive Producer, Gretchen J Berg ©2017 CBS Television Studios, photo by Jan Thijs
Star Trek Discovery - Executive Producer, Aaron Harberts
Star Trek Discovery – Executive Producer, Aaron Harberts ©2017 CBS Television Studios, photo by Jan Thijs

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online