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Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Beams In One Of The Best Actors Ever For Villain Role – SlashFilm

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“Star Trek” will be Giamatti’s first sci-fi project since “Morgan” and “Ratchet & Clank” in 2016.

“Starfleet Academy” will be overseen by “Star Trek” head honcho Alex Kurtzman, and Noga Landau will serve as its showrunner. The series will take place in the 32nd century, following the distant-future timeline of the recently-concluded “Star Trek: Discovery.” Giamatti’s casting was a cause célèbre, and Kurtzman and Landau issued the following statement: 

“Sometimes you’re lucky enough to discover that one of the greatest actors alive is also a huge ‘Star Trek’ fan, and meeting Paul was one of those miraculous moments for us. (…) The sheer delight with which he dove in on ‘Starfleet Academy’ is only surpassed by the gratitude we feel about him joining our incredible cast.” 

“Starfleet Academy” will boast the largest physical set ever constructed for a “Star Trek” series, as they had to build a school from the ground up. There will be a student amphitheater, multiple classrooms, a cafeteria, and, naturally, a quad.

With Giamatti and Hunter on the cast, “Starfleet” now possesses (arguably) the highest-profile regular cast of any “Trek” project to date. Previously, Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg joined the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as a recurring character named Guinan. Later, “Enterprise” launched with Scott Bakula as the central captain. Later still, “Discovery” would debut with Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, and Jason Isaacs on the cast. Hunter and Giamatti contain a lot of what Variety calls “star power,” which is rare for the debut of a “Star Trek” project. 

The main student characters on “Academy” are, as of this writing, still being cast.

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