The first trailer is here!
Was it possibly a bit of a marketing misfire to release the teaser trailer for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds the same day as the first trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi? Maybe, yeah maybe, but Trek fans — many of whom also dig George Lucas’ creations — have room to be excited for both. Anson Mount arrives in the trailer for the new series and it looks like it’s going to deliver on the title’s exciting promise.
At a little under a minute and a half, the Strange New Worlds opens, ironically, similarly to the one for Obi-Wan Kenobi. Anson Mount is bearded and back on Earth, clearly not on active duty. His Starfleet communicator chirps and we hear a voice say “Chris. I need you back, Captain.” We get some incredible shots of, as the title says, strange worlds, including a globe that appears to be threatened by a massive storm. There’s also what appears to be Ethan Peck as Spock, shirtless, gazing out at a sunset. There are more interesting planets to discover, as well as a look at the series’ new/old version of Enterprise. You can watch the trailer below.
Seeing Anson Mount in his bearded, mountain cabin form suggests his character — Captain Christopher Pike — won’t exactly start off Strange New Worlds thrilled about the idea of returning to the stars. And that’s to be expected. We last saw Mount play Pike in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. During the course of the season, Pike comes to learn of how he will eventually suffer an accident that will leave him physically disabled, horribly scarred, and unable to communicate without the aid of a specially designed wheelchair. That’s how most fans first meet the character, back in the two-part episode “The Menagerie” in Star Trek: The Original Series. Perhaps the new show will open with Pike trying to avoid that fate by avoiding Starfleet service. Of course, as we all know, he will eventually be lured back to the Enterprise.
Along with Anson Mount, Ethan Peck will reprise the role of Spock, which he first played in Discovery‘s second season. They were briefly joined by Rebecca Romjin as Number One, who is also joining the cast. They won’t be the only established characters on the series. Babs Olusanmokun (Dune, 2021) will play Dr. M’Benga, originally played by Booker Bradshaw twice in TOS. Jess Bush (Home and Away) will take on the role of Nurse Christine Chapel — a recurring character played on TOS by Majel Barrett, and was known for carrying a fierce torch for Spock. Newcomer Celia Rose Goodling will take on the role of Nyota Uhura, originated by Nichelle Nichols.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is set before the events of the original series, before William Shatner’s iconic James T. Kirk takes command of the Enterprise. However, Strange New Worlds won’t just return to the franchise’s roots chronologically, but in its storytelling strategy. Unlike more recent Trek series that have adopted more serialized formats, Strange New Worlds promises to deliver mostly standalone stories. The series begins streaming on Paramount+ on Thursday, May 5.