The announcement capped months of speculation spurred by the season one finale of Discovery, which saw its titular ship staring down the nose of the famed USS Enterprise.
With Discovery taking place before the original series chronologically, Spock is still chief science officer under Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount). But the recently released season two trailer (watch it again, below) reveals the Vulcan is off on his own journey. “He took leave,” Pike says in a voiceover. “It’s as if he’d run into a question he couldn’t answer.” But Spock has people of interest aboard the Discovery, notably his father, Sarek (James Frain), and foster sister, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). With Michael’s theory of her relative being connected to a series of cosmic anomalies, it appears a Star Trek plot will once again revolve around a search for Spock.
That search extends out past the screen to the casting process of Discovery. Although Kurtzman revealed that an actor had been cast for Spock, he neglected to identify him. With our imagination (the real final frontier), The Hollywood Reporter offers a few actors on our wish list for who will don a familiar mop top and pointed ears when season two premieres in January 2019.