The show is set in a time before the original "Star Trek" and though Peck will play a young Spock, he still will be the USS Enterprise's half-Vulcan, half-human chief science officer.
"Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek," showrunner and executive producer Alex Kurtzman said.
"The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion."
Kurtzman emphasized the "Star Trek" team's efforts to find the perfect fit to succeed Nimoy and Quinto in the part.
"We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role. An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock's greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion and yearning," he said.
"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."
Nimoy's son Adam tweeted, "There's a new Spock in town! Welcome to the family Ethan!! #StarTrekDiscovery #LLAP
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At the end of Season 1 there were hints that Spock would be making an appearance soon, with the USS Discovery coming across the Enterprise, which would eventually staff Spock and Captain James T. Kirk.
Kurtzman confirmed that Spock would be included in the series at Comic-Con in San Diego when he said, "Yes, you will be seeing Spock this year."
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