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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ beams up Ethan Peck to play the iconic role of Spock for season 2

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At San Diego Comic-Con last month, Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed that Spock, one of the most iconic and beloved characters in the Star Trek franchise, would appear in the upcoming second season of the CBS All Access, which debuts next year.

Now, just weeks later, the network has announced that Ethan Peck has been cast in the role of the half human, half Vulcan science officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise and foster brother to the Discovery’s second officer Michael Burnham.

“We searched for months for an actor who would, like [Leonardo Nimoy and Zachary Quinto], bring his own interpretation to the role,” Kurtzman said in a statement. “An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning. Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.”

Peck is, of course, the third actor to play Spock, following Nimoy’s portrayal of the character in the original Star Trek television series and subsequent film adaptations, and Zachary Quinto, who played in the most recent Star Trek films.

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Kumail Nanjinai is joining the cast of Jordan Peele’s upcoming revival of ‘The Twilight Zone’

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With production on the next season of HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy series Silicon Valley currently stalled, Kumail Nanjinai is making the most of his time off by starring in an episode of the upcoming Twilight Zone revival, CBS All Access announced Thursday.

Nanjiani, who scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay along with his wife Emily V. Gordon for their work on the critically acclaimed rom-com The Big Sick at the Academy Awards earlier this year, joins previously announced cast members Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott.

In addition to his work as a producer on The Twilight Zone, Jordan Peele serves as the host and narrator of the show, which will be a modern reimagining of the original that premiered in 1959 and was hosted by creator Rod Serling and ran for five seasons until its conclusion in 1964.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said earlier this year. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”

Peele is executive producing The Twilight Zone via his Monkeyaw Productions along with Simon Kinberg, Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg, and Greg Yaitanes. The series is expected to premiere on CBS All Access in 2019.

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Pedro Pascal eyed for lead role in Jon Favreau’s live-action ‘Star Wars’ series ‘The Mandalorian’

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More than a month after Lucasfilm revealed the official title and synopsis for Jon Favreau’s highly anticipated live-action Star Wars series, Variety is reporting that Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to take on the lead role in The Mandalorian, which is expected to debut on Disney+ sometime in 2019.

While Pascal’s name was, at one point, just one of many on a list of actors being considered for the role, the studio recently narrowed the list down to just a small handful of names and ultimately decided to offer the gig to Pascal, who currently stars in the Netflix original series Narcos.

Favreau is writing and executive producing The Mandalorian, which boasts an all-star lineup of episodic directors that includes the likes of Taikia Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, and Dave Filoni of Star Wars Rebels fame.

The series is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order and follows the adventures of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.

The news of Pascal’s casting comes on the heels of Disney’s announcement last week that an additional live-action Star Wars series is in the works that will see Diego Luna reprise his role as Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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HBO announces the eighth and final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ will premiere in April 2019

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While details about the highly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones have been kept tightly under wraps, including the upcoming season’s premiere date, HBO announced today that season 8 of the Emmy-winning series will launch this April, though a specific day and date for the premiere is still yet to be revealed.

The news, which came in the form of a promotional video showcasing footage from the show’s past seven seasons, adds up with what we’ve heard previously from HBO programming president Casey Bloys, who said that the final season of Game of Thrones would “debut in the first half of 2019” earlier this year.

The aforementioned promotional video, titled #ForTheThrone, marks the start of a vast marketing campaign for HBO that will unfold over the course of the next five months leading up to the final season, which wrapped its rigorous production schedule back in July.

Ultimately, the goal of the campaign, according to HBO, is to hopefully encourage Game of Thrones fans to re-watch the series and potential new viewers to begin watching the series for the first time before its conclusion. But season 8 of Game of Thrones won’t be the end of the franchise altogether.

HBO is currently working on developing a spinoff series, which will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones and will chronicle the world’s descent from the so-called “Golden Age of Heroes” into its darkest period in history.

“We’re just starting the search for director [and] casting director,” Bloys said, adding that he hopes the series, which is based on a story created by Jane Goldman and Thrones creator George R.R. Martin, will begin shooting sometime in 2019.

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