STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Casts THE OFFICE's Rainn Wilson as Intergalactic Criminal Harry Mudd

I've got a fun piece of casting news regarding CBS's upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series today. The Office's Rainn Wilson will be taking on the role of conman and intergalactic criminal Harry Mudd.

If you're familiar with the Star Trek franchise then you know that Harry Mudd isn't a new character. The character's full name is Harcourt Fenton Mudd and he was originally played by Roger C. Carmel

Mudd appeared in one episode of the 1960s series and also showed up in an episode of the 1973 Star Trek: The Animated Series. Rainn will fit this character perfectly. He's described as follows:

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd was a male Human civilian in the 23rd century. He was a notorious con artist encountered several times by the crew of the USS Enterprise. Essentially more of a lovable rogue than a true villain, he lived by his wits on the other side of the law.

The new series also stars the previously announced cast that includes Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer; Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer; Michelle Yeoh as Starfleet Captain Georgiou; James Frain as Spock's father; and Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, who is the Captain of the Starship Discovery.

Star Trek: Discovery is set on a new ship and will follow new characters who embark on new adventurous missions while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.

Star Trek: Discovery will take place before the original Star Trek series, and it's set to premiere in May on CBS before going to CBS All Access.

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