Holly Hunter to Lead Star Trek: Starfleet Academy on Paramount+

Paramount+ is beaming up Holly Hunter for a special assignment. The Academy Award winner has been tapped to lead the new series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, TVLine has learned.

Hunter will star as the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy, where we’ll meet a “young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism,” according to the series’ official synopsis. “Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.”

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“It feels like we’ve spent our entire lives watching Holly Hunter be a stone-cold genius,” co-showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau say in a statement. “To have her extraordinary authenticity, fearlessness, sense of humor, and across the board brilliance leading the charge on Starfleet Academy is a gift to all of us, and to the enduring legacy of Star Trek.”

Starfleet Academy marks the fifth live-action Star Trek series (and seventh Trek series overall) to debut on the streamer. Production is set to begin later this summer.

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