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Dwight Schrute To Revive Classic Star Trek Villain for Discovery

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Rainn Wilson - best known as Dwight Schrute from NBC's The Office - has been cast as Harry Mudd in CBS's Star Trek: Discovery. The show's official Twitter announced the casting with this brief video:

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Since Star Trek: Discovery takes place in the Prime timeline (meaning the original TV shows and and not the recent film reboot's 'Kelvin' timeline), this would be a re-casting from the role's original actor, Roger C. Carmel. Carmel played Mudd in both the 1960s live-action Star Trek series as well as the 1970s animated show. There were plans for Mudd to be revived in Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it ultimately never happened.

After several deays, CBS has yet to give an updated debut date for the Star Trek: Discovery series.

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Chris Arrant
Newsarama Senior Editor

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Space.com sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)