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Jason Mantzoukas Joins Cast of “Star Trek: Prodigy”

Jason Mantzoukas The House
Jason Mantzoukas in “The House.” Credit: New Line Cinema

Greek-American actor and comedian Jason Mantzoukas has just joined the cast of the movie “Star Trek: Prodigy.”

The new series is an animated show set in the wider Star Trek realm. It follows a group of six young aliens who take over an abandoned Starfleet ship and use it to explore the universe.

Jason Mantzoukas’ Character in “Star Trek: Prodigy”

Mantzoukas will be lending his voice to the character of Jankom Pog, a 16-year-old Tellarite in this version of Star Trek.

He will be joined by Ella Purnell, Dee Bradley Baker, Brett Gray, and Angus Imrie. Kate Mulgrew, who previously played the character Kathryn Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager,” will also be in the series. She will be playing an emergency hologram training program of her character in the previous Star Trek show.

“Star Trek: Prodigy” will premiere on the new streaming service Paramount+. Kevin and Dan Hageman created the show. Their previous work includes the animated shows “Trollhunters” and “Ninjago.”

Mantzoukas is usually known for his over-the-top, frequently angry or kooky characters. He has played major roles in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Good Place.” Before he signed on to this Star Trek animated series, Jason Mantzoukas also had a large role in the animated show “Big Mouth.”

This also won’t be the first time Mantzoukas is appearing on the Paramount+ streaming service. He plays a character known as the Artisan in the movie “Infinite”, also on Paramount+. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The Rise of Paramount+

The CEO of Paramount, Greek-American Jim Gianopulos, started the studio’s streaming service on March 4, 2021. Though many did not expect it would compete with streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu, the service racked up over 40 million subscribers in three months.

With the rise of Paramount+, Disney, NBC’s Peacock, and other competing streaming services, many industry insiders believe some streaming giants will be pushed out of the market altogether.

Mantzoukas’ Star is Rising

Mantzoukas’ career has been rising quickly over the past few years. Besides high-profile characters on TV shows, he has been a voice actor in five different shows in the last two years. These include “HouseBroken,” “Invincible,” “No Activity,” “DuckTales,” and “Close Enough.”

He has also broken out of his genre, playing a support part in “John Wick 3” starring Keanu Reeves.

To podcast fans, he is best known for hosting the hit series “How Did This Get Made?” along with Paul Scheer and June Diane Raphael. Each podcast episode focuses on critically-panned or otherwise bad movies, and the hosts plus guest comedians discuss what went wrong.

Many of the shows are now staged in front of live audiences on stages in Los Angeles and New York.

“Star Trek: Prodigy” will premiere late in 2021, although Paramount+ has not yet publicized an exact date.

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