CBS has now revealed six cast members for the next Star Trek television series, the CBS All Access pay channel series Star Trek: Discovery. Focusing on another ship of the Starfleet line that flew the friendly galactic skies ten years before the original Star Trek series, USS Discovery NCC-1031 is slated to be available to subscribers sometime in 2017. Supporting many fans’ analysis that the ship sports design elements from Federation and Klingon vessels from the era of the original show, three new cast members were revealed this week–all of them to play Klingons.
Along with word that originally-tapped showrunner Bryan Fuller is no longer part of the production, CBS announced in the past few weeks that award-winning actress Michelle Yeoh, known to genre fans for both her leading role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and as a “Bond girl” in Tomorrow Never Dies, will play Captain Georgiou, but at least at first she will not be leading the Discovery, but a vessel called the Shenzhou. Known for his extensive work in heavy make-up, genre fans were pleased to learn Doug Jones will be featured in the series. Known for roles in Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, DC’s CW Network series, and much more, Jones will play Lieutenant Saru, a Starfleet science officer and member of an alien species new to Star Trek. Anthony Rapp (Psych, A Beautiful Mind, Rent, The X-Files, Twister) will play Lieutenant Stamets, an astromycologist (a fungus expert) and Starfleet science officer aboard the Discovery.
So who are the Klingons? Chris Obi will play T’Kuvma, a Klingon leader set on uniting the Klingon houses. Shazad Latif will play his protégé, Commanding Officer Kol. And Mary Chieffo will play the Klingon vessel’s Battle Deck Commander L’Rell. Obi has worked in series including Doctor Who and American Gods as well as Snow White and the Huntsman. Latif has been seen in series from MI-5 to Penny Dreadful. Chieffo is a relative newcomer to television, known for her “statuesque” 6-foot tall presence.