Following its preliminary 2019 greenlight as a by-product sequence and its April 2023 shift to “an unique film occasion,” Star Trek: Part 31 continued its lengthy journey to the display with an essential step on Tuesday, January thirtieth — beginning manufacturing. Paramount additionally introduced a set of extra solid members for the Michelle Yeoh-starring function, together with Omari Hardwick, Kacey Rohl, Robert Kazinsky, and (you already know, when you learn the headline for this text) Sam Richardson in an unspecified position.
We save Sam Richardson for final as a result of whereas this possible gained’t be the versatile actor and comic’s most high-profile position sooner or later, it immediately amplifies the potential for Part 31 to be one thing actually particular. Or on the very least, it’ll present Richardson with yet one more alternative to show that he’s considered one of our most under-appreciated abilities.
Whereas Richardson had early roles on Arrested Improvement and The Workplace, his first publicity for many individuals could be the HBO sequence Veep. Richardson joined the solid in Season 3 and shortly grew to become one of many present’s greatest scene stealers — which is an Olympic-level achievement when you think about that present’s common solid of greats, together with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Timothy Simons, Gary Cole, and Hugh Laurie.
Richardson additionally co-created the cult favourite Detroiters with Zach Kanin, Joe Kelly, and Tim Robinson, and has since regularly collaborated with Robinson and no scarcity of different comedians, with notable roles on exhibits like The Afterparty, Ted Lasso (for which he gained an Emmy), Curb Your Enthusiasm, BoJack Horseman, and naturally I Suppose You Ought to Depart with Tim Robinson.
It’s not a shock to see him introduced on board for Part 31, as Star Trek has a wealthy custom of enlisting comedians as visitor stars — past the solid of Decrease Decks being largely comprised of established comedy execs, previous Trek sequence have featured everybody from Whoopi Goldberg on Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology to Sarah Silverman on Star Trek: Voyager to Rainn Wilson on Star Trek: Discovery. To not point out the movies, which embody Christopher Lloyd as a Klingon in Star Trek: The Seek for Spock and Simon Pegg’s witty tackle Scotty for the J.J. Abrams movies.
Nonetheless, it’s the truth that Richardson is being introduced onto Part 31 particularly that’s fascinating — the undertaking was already close to the highest of this Trek nerd’s most anticipated record, as a result of as any Deep Area 9 fan will let you know, the idea of Part 31 provides some fascinating spice to Star Trek’s soup of utopian beliefs, when utilized effectively.
Part 31 is a black-ops group devoted to utilizing ruthless techniques to protect the Federation’s standing as a peaceable and harmonious society — within the new movie, Yeoh’s Emperor Philippa Georgiou joins the division, for which she’s uniquely suited, as she hails from a vicious mirror universe freed from the Federation’s beforehand talked about utopian beliefs.
And that’s the place Richardson’s involvement will get attention-grabbing, as a result of whereas Veep’s Richard Splett was pure comedic sunshine, the actor’s delivered a lot darker performances: The Afterparty’s genre-switching strategy and a few I Suppose You Ought to Depart sketches have tapped into his potential right here. Although maybe probably the most notable instance from his previous work is his aforementioned Emmy-winning appearances on Ted Lasso, enjoying an Ghanan billionaire who seeks to intimidate and humiliate those that don’t do his bidding.
Simply primarily based on the depth Richardson delivered to that efficiency, it doesn’t appear to be we’ve seen the bounds of his versatility, particularly his capability for anarchy on display. So we’ll eagerly await phrase on what his position in Part 31 shall be, and what sort of chaos he’ll convey to a doubtlessly distinctive new tackle Star Trek.
Possibly, if we’re actually fortunate, he’ll play a Klingon.
Star Trek: Part 31 is in manufacturing now.