We have our first three major cast members for Star Trek: Discovery! We already knew that the extraordinary Michelle Yeoh would be playing a Starfleet captain, but now StarTrek.com has also announced the additions of Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp. We now know that Yeoh will be playing Captain Georgiou of the starship Shenzhou. Doug Jones, probably best known for his uncanny performances as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and The Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, will be Lt. Saru, a science officer who is also a member of an alien species we’ve never seen before on Star Trek. (So…not a Vulcan?) The third character is another science officer (yay!), Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist aboard the starship Discovery who also has the distinction of being the first openly gay character in a Star Trek television series. He’ll be played by Broadway star Anthony Rapp, most famous for playing Mark Cohen in Rent and Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
We’re excited to see where these three characters boldly go. Their short character bios offer a lot of interesting new angles on the Star Trek franchise: Why is one of the leads the captain of another starship? Why the very specific scientific focus for Rapp’s character? Just how detailed and expansive will Star Trek: Discovery be in comparison to its predecessors?
We’re still anticipating many casting announcements, including the female lead, and we’ll keep you updated as the show develops. Star Trek: Discovery will air through CBS All Access in May 2017, following the premiere on the CBS Television Network. The series will also be distributed on Netflix in 188 countries, and through Bell Media in Canada.