Star Trek: Strange New Worlds just cast Broadway legend, Carol Kane, for the new season of the show.
For loyal fans of the Star Trek universe, the newest hit series to come out of the franchise may be the best one yet. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has taken audiences into ten episodes so far in season one, with the second season currently in production and should debut sometime next year. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Ethan Peck as Spock, Anson Mount as Christopher Pike, and Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has opened up a plethora of stories for a new generation of Star Trek fans. Premiering on Paramount+ as a spin-off of the successful Star Trek: Discovery, the hit show has been a topic of conversation for the streamer concerning possible new additions to the cast for season two. Now, it appears that Broadway legend, Carol Kane, will be joining the next season of the series.
According to a report by Deadline, actor Carol Kane has been added to the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds cast, confirmed by an announcement on Thursday at the Star Trek Day event. The event was live streamed globally and reported that Kane would appear in season two of the series as an engineer named Pelia. Apparently, Pelia is supposed to be an intelligent worker with a brash temperament, easily able to solve issues while staying calm under pressure. This is primarily due to her extended years as an engineer in the field and because she is highly educated. These qualities are similar to some of the characters Kane has played on stage, in movies, and on television.
Before Carol Kane was cast as a new member of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds team, she was primarily known to audiences for her work in movies. Kane first became famous for starring in 1975’s Hester Street, which saw the actor nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She appeared in multiple episodes of the hit television series Taxi, playing Simka Dahblitz-Gravas opposite Andy Kaufman. For this role, Kane won two Primetime Emmy Awards before the series wrapped in 1983. She went on to much acclaim in movies like Annie Hall with Diane Keaton, Dog Day Afternoon with Al Pacino, and Scrooged with Bill Murray.
However, Carol Kane may best be known for her time on the stage. She appeared in London’s West End about ten years ago in The Children’s Hour, which costarred actors Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss. She was also featured on Broadway in a revival of Harvey. However, before she makes her debut on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, fans of Kane’s will have to contend that their new favorite engineer once played Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical Wicked. Kane started portraying the role in 2005 and carried on through multiple productions on Broadway and touring until 2014, a feat not matched by many other actors. Hopefully, her acting chops from the Broadway stage will carry over to her new part in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and fans of the series may see more actors cast in season two as production continues.