'Star Trek: Discovery' Will Feature Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd

Friday, 31 March 2017 - 7:10PM
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Friday, 31 March 2017 - 7:10PM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Will Feature Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd
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Back when we first learned Star Trek: Discovery would take place shortly before the original series, it was a pretty safe guess that it'd be full of nods to the 1966 show. But it's still impressive to see that Discovery is now set to bring back a short-lived but very memorable Star Trek villain: space conman Harry Mudd, who'll be played by comedian Rainn Wilson.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wilson will be resurrecting the classic Star Trek character originally played by the late Roger C. Carmel for a currently unknown amount of episodes. Wilson is most well known for playing Dwight Schrute on The Office, a beloved but awkward character with almost negative amounts of charisma, so watching him switch gears to a sleazy and manipulative thief should be fun to see. This younger version of Mudd will be causing trouble for stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Lt. Rainsford, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, and the rest of the U.S.S. Discovery.

But calling Harcourt Fenton Mudd a "villain" is a bit of a stretch. Mudd was about as villainous as Q from The Next Generation, which is to say, he wasn't evil but he was a constant pain in the neck for the heroes. He appeared in two episodes, "Mudd's Women" and the more famous "I, Mudd," where he would swindle miners or try to run off with the Enterprise (unsuccessfully, as always). He appeared in an episode of the old animated series too, but that's a bit of a deeper cut.

Since the show's season will be serialized as a single story, it's possible Mudd could appear over several episodes. But it seems unlikely - Mudd is, at heart, a one-off villain who's just a little too harmless to play a major role in the story (he's no Khan, is what we're saying). Either way, if Harry Mudd reappears for even one episode of Discovery, it's sure to be one of the crazier episodes of the new show. Unless Q appears.

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Star Trek: Discovery should come out summer or early fall 2017 on CBS All Access, though CBS hasn't decided on an official release date yet.

Via: Hollywood Reporter
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