Rainn Wilson Joins ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ as Original Series Villain Harry Mudd


LOS ANGELES – “The Office” alum Rainn Wilson is joining CBS’s streaming service, CBS All Access’s “Star Trek: Discovery” as original series villain Harry Mudd.

Mudd was originally portrayed by Roger C. Carmel in two episodes of the 1966-69 series as a loud-mouth con man who always seemed to manage to get under Capt. Kirk’s skin. The character first appeared in the episode titled “Mudd’s Women,” on Oct. 13, 1966, then made a return in “I, Mudd,” which aired on Nov. 3, 1967.

Known for his comedic turn in NBC’s “The Office,” where he earned an Emmy nomination, Wilson ins also known for his starring role in Fox’s “Backstrom,” and for HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” He is also set to star in the upcoming “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”

Wilson joins Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”), who will play the lead lieutenant commander, as well as James Frain who will portray Spock’s father Sarek.

“Star Trek: Discovery” was set to premiere in January, but the network postponed it to this fall or early next year. The series is executive produced by Exec producers are Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth.

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