Star Trek: Discovery: Rainn Wilson to Play Intergalactic Criminal Harry Mudd

CBS All Access is beaming a former Office employee up to the Starship Discovery.

Emmy-nominated actor Rainn Wilson will appear in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, assuming the role of Harry Mudd, TVLine has learned. The character, described in the official description as an “intergalactic criminal” and “charismatic conman,” was first portrayed in the original Star Trek series by actor Roger C. Carmel.

Wilson joins an ever-growing ensemble that already includes The OA‘s Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green as an as-yet-unnamed character, True Blood‘s James Frain as Spock’s dad Sarek, 30 Rock‘s Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh as captain of the Shenzhou, among others.

The oft-delayed new Trek series is expected to launch “sometime [in] late summer, early fall,” CBS chairman Les Moonves recently told investors. Discovery was originally set for a January debut, then May, before being pushed back again.

Following his nine-year stint on The Office, Wilson starred in Fox’s short-lived detective drama Backstrom.  He most recently turned up on an episode of Roadies, reuniting with Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe.

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18 Comments
  1. Van says:

    Dwight?!?!? No. No just no

  2. SUSO says:

    Oh joy. Everyone’s least favorite recurring Original Series Character.

  3. Wildsubnet says:

    I think Wilson would make a decent enough Mudd, but the very fact this is even a story makes me very worried about this series.

    Why would a prequel series feature a one-off character like Harry Mudd from the original series in the first place?

  4. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    No. Wrong actor for the showman/con-man Harcourt Fenton (Harry) Mudd. They need someone with the acting chops of Simon Fisher-Becker. Who, you may ask? Exactly. Doctor Who. He played a character named Dorium Maldovar. A rather blue character who lost his body one day, but kept his head. Check out these episodes: The Wedding of River Song (2011), A Good Man Goes to War (2011) and The Pandorica Opens (2010).

    • S. says:

      I’d never in a million years recommend River Song storylines from that series to anybody. If you wanna watch Doctor Who, just watch River’s beginning and (hopefully) end run. Skip the middle and save yourself. I’m sure there is footage of Simon online to watch somewhere. I’m sure he was good, but I can’t stand most of River Song.

  5. nerdrage says:

    Danny McBride would have been my first choice but Rainn Wilson seems all right.

  6. RichCD says:

    You know, new Star Trek is really not that hard. Why can’t anyone get it right? Set it 75 years after the Next Gen/DS9/Voyager era, and make the stories relevant for today. Fans won’t squabble about recasts, its easier to deal with canon, and the show can look ultra ‘tech’-y without comparison to what came before.

    Instead, they’re actually going to redo Harry Mudd?

  7. Temperance says:

    Oh. No. Seriously, no. No Mudd… and no Wilson. Just no.

  8. John Fic says:

    If this show is before Kirk and spick and their 5 year mission. How can there be Harry Mudd. I know he was older than Kirk. And Spock being a Vulcan probably is Harry Mudd’ s age. So when is Discovery exactly set. It’s after Enterprise in the prime time line not the J.J. Abrams 13 year old movie franchise.

  9. DavidSask says:

    The Office USA aired on NBC not on CBS!

  10. TVLineCommentator says:

    Brannon Braga and Rick Berman is the reason ST is going down this route