Earlier in the present day got here official affirmation from Paramount+ that Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds has tapped a brand new actor to tackle the position of James Kirk, the half originated by William Shatner within the authentic tv and movie collection. Introduced with an official picture of him in costume and on set was the reveal that former The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley could be taking over the enduring half for the collection, however not till its already confirmed second season. It did not take lengthy for followers to seize the announcement although with Wesley’s identify launching onto the trending matters on Twitter after it was confirmed. 

Wesley is finest recognized to many TV followers for enjoying Stefan Salvatore in all eight seasons of The Vampire Dairies however has additionally starred on the likes of Smallville, Inform Me a Story, and Military Wives, whereas additionally stepping behind the digital camera to direct episodes of Roswell, New Mexico, Legacies, and, naturally, The Vampire Diaries. “Paul is an achieved actor, an astonishing presence and a welcome key addition to the present. Like all of us, he’s a life-long Star Trek fan and we’re excited by his interpretation of this iconic position,” Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman and Henry Alonso Myers mentioned in an announcement.

“I’m deeply humbled and nonetheless a bit of startled to have been given the dignity of enjoying the inimitable James T Kirk,” Wesley tweeted after the announcement was made. “Ever since I used to be a child, I’ve been awed by the imaginative world Gene Roddenberry created. Just lately, I boarded a flight to LA to find that the person within the empty seat beside me was the one and solely William Shatner, having himself simply returned from area. I may barely put two phrases collectively however finally I managed to say hey and we chatted. I am not one who normally believes in destiny however this was greater than a coincidence. And naturally I needed to get an image. So thanks Mr. Shatner for the nice firm. And for seating us collectively, my due to the nice chook within the sky. Cannot look forward to all of you to see our Captain Kirk in your screens.”

Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds will debut on Paramount+ on Could fifth.  

Right here come the jokes…

Sigh. There are going to be SO many “Shut up (Paul) Wesley” jokes when Season 2 debuts…

— Jono Logan (@jono_logan) March 16, 2022


journey or die

it’s embarrassing how comfortable i get when paul wesley thrives. journey or die for stefan salvatore!!!! all the time!!!!!!

— julia (@julia___4) March 16, 2022


Hope to see some basic TOS tales

I am excited for #StarTrekStrangeNewWorlds for extra Anson Mount as Captain Pike and Paul Wesley as Captain (?) Kirk. Hope to see some basic TOS tales and Trek-verse adventures

— andy is writing (someway) 🚀 🌌 📚 #sffpit (@acolliver615) March 16, 2022


Love Your self

I do not know who wants to listen to this.

It is OK that Paul Wesley has been solid as Captain Kirk.

Love your self in the present day.#StarTrek

— Quinton O’Connor (@QuintonWrites) March 16, 2022


Do not name it a comeback

In 12 months 2022, Robert Pattinson went from Edward Cullen (“Twilight” movies) to Bruce Wayne/Batman (“The Batman”). Later, Paul Wesley went from enjoying Stefan Salvatore (“The Vampire Diaries”) to James T. Kirk (“Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds”) pic.twitter.com/KmPQBUjTAd

— Jassondra Lee (@ItsJassondra) March 15, 2022


He is obtained the look

That is dope. Pay attention, I’ve been a fan since I used to be a child within the 80’s and this all makes me excited. He’s obtained the look. I’ve seen lots of people play Kirk, so this isn’t some type of sacred factor. Let’s all maintain an open thoughts!

— J. Andrew Gleason 🖖 (@theopholus) March 15, 2022