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It's Captain Wesley
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If you've always wanted to see wee little Wesley Crusher graduate to the captain's chair, bad news. This isn't that.

Rather Paramount have announced that Paul Wesley has joined the season two cast of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as Captain James T. Kirk.

That's right.

Kirk is back.


Maybe it's just his scowl in this image but he looks nerdier than we'd expect.

Not that William Shatner is especially attractive but he and Chris Pine were part captain, part gigolo and looked, well the part.

How would this guy look in hot pants?

Or with his uniform torn?

This is a serious question!

Of course it isn't but we must research our articles and diligently checked this one.

Coming from CW's The Vampire Diaries where he seemingly plays a stereotypically lusty and hot vampire, this isn't anything to be concerned about.

We won't link to sources. You're free to look for yourself.

In all seriousness though, especially taking his acting history into account, it is interesting that this first image of their new Kirk is ultra serious and not at all ready to drop his knickers.

Which was one of the conditions Kate Mulgrew stipulated before agreeing to take on the role of Captain Janeway in Voyager.

There's no sex. I mean, I'm the captain. I'm not going to do it when there are 165 people whose lives I have to protect. There's no time to jump into the sack. Plus, I don't want girls to see Capt. Janeway drop her knickers.

Would Strange New Worlds give us a serious Captain Kirk?

There's still another reboot film in the making with them at least wanting sexy Chris Kirk back in the captain's chair.

Though Chris hasn't signed on yet because he hasn't seen a script which he revealed in a Variety interview last week.

What’s the text that went around when you and your “Star Trek” co-stars all decided to do a fourth movie?

I think everybody was like, “Did you hear about this?” [Laughs]. We’re usually the last people to find out, but I do know we’re all excited. Whenever they want to send us a script, we’re ready for it.

Have they told you anything about the story?

We haven’t seen a script. I don’t know anything about it.

So you trust them that much that you signed on without a script?

I don’t trust anybody, but I’m excited. I love the story. I love “Star Trek.” I love my people.

Harsh but fair. A terrible script can wreck an actor's career.

Maybe Paramount releasing this image of a new Kirk now ahead of the season one premiere of Strange New Worlds is their way of saying, you're not irreplaceable, Chris.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premieres on Paramount+ on May 5.

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Malkin, Marc (March 10, 2022). Chris Pine Talks Working With an Intimacy Coordinator on ‘All the Old Knives’ and Waiting to See a ‘Star Trek 4’ Script. Variety. (March 15, 2022). Paul Wesley Joins the Cast of Strange New Worlds.