Rainn Wilson teases Harry Mudd and Star Trek announcement


Rainn Wilson promises the return of Harry Mudd as he teases big announcement from Star Trek.

Rainn Wilson, best known for playing Dwight Schrute on the American version of The Office, tweeted a picture of him as Mudd with a pair of green aliens, promising his return and a big announcement from CBS for Star Trek on Thursday. Wilson will feature in an episode of the upcoming Star Trek: Short Treks, a four-part series of shorts that will also feature Doug Jones’ Saru and Mary Wiseman’s Meg Tilly, as well as a new character named Craft played by Aldis Hodge.

The episode, titled “The Escape Artist”, is written by Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan and will be directed by Rainn Wilson. The episode sees Mudd up to his old tricks when he finds himself onboard a hostile ship with an opportunity to try out his newest con. CBS announced today that the episode is set to premiere as the final of the four episodes on January 3, 2019, on CBS All Access. All the episodes are set to release between October and January, ahead of Star Trek: Discovery’s early 2019 premiere.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd is a classic roguish character from the original series of Star Trek, a conman and trickster who encountered the crew of the Enterprise twice during the three-season run. The original actor to portray Harry Mudd was Roger Carmel, who flawlessly blended the perfect amount of despicability and charm to mark the antagonist with an irresistible likability.

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While a memorable character, I doubt many fans thought writers would consider bringing him back for new episodes and spin-offs until Rainn Wilson took up the Mudd mantel for Star Trek: Discovery. He has already featured in two episodes during the first season alone and has brought the character deliciously to life with even more ruthlessness and guile than the original incarnation.

Source: Deadline