Welcome to the latest news on the Cast and Crew of Star Trek: Discovery
The lead character – who will be female, and likely either black or Hispanic – will be “on a journey that’s going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy,” Fuller’s revealed. “For her to truly understand something that is alien, she has to first understand herself.”
And in a Trek first, the lead character will not be the ship’s captain, but the Discovery’s Lieutenant Commander.
“When we introduce our protagonist, she is called Number One“
The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green was announced to have nabbed the much-coveted part in December 2016.
Our first official nugget of casting, though, came a month earlier, with writer/producer Meyer revealing that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh will appear in Discovery – playing Han Bo, Captain of the good ship USS Shenzhou.
Later that month, Hellboy‘s and Falling Skies Doug Jones playing alien Science Officer Lt. Saru, and Anthony Rapp – as Lt. Stamets – was also confirmed and will play the first openly gay character on Discovery.
In December 2016 the CBS series add a trio of Klingons to its ranks: their leader T’Kuvma played by American Gods‘ Chris Obi, his protege Kol played by Penny Dreadful‘s Shazad Latif and their battle deck Commander L’Rell played by Mary Chieffo.
CBS then announced that British Actor James Frain from Gotham will play Sarek, Spock’s father a formidable Vulcan, and a beloved character who appeared throughout the Star Trek franchise.
Recently Sam Vartholomeos (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) and Terry Serpico (Army Wives) have also arrived as Starfleet Officers’.
Sam will play Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship USS Shenzhou.
Maulik will play Dr. Nambue, the Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Shenzhou and Terry will play Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking official of Starfleet.
CBS recently announced British Actor Jason Isaacs from Harry Potter will play Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery following on from fellow Brit Sir Patrick Stewart.
Cadet Tilly, a Starfleet Academy Cadet also joined the crew of the USS Discovery played by Mary Wiseman.
CBS then announced Award-nominated actor Rainn Wilson had joined the cast of Discovery as Harry Mudd.
Mudd, the charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal first introduced on Star Trek: The Original Series.
Wilson is also best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on The Office. His other television, film and stage credits include Galaxy Quest, House of 1000 Corpses, Six Feet Under, Juno, Titus Andronicus and the Broadway production of The Tempest (with Patrick Stewart). He’s also written two books, SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions and The Bassoon King.
Wendy Crewson joins the cast as a Starfleet Admiral, Crewson is a Canadian actor with an extensive list of credits to her name. Some scifi fans may have seen her in the hit series Ascension. Crewson’s awards include Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance and multiple Gemini awards for Best Performance.
CBS finally announced on the 4th April 2017 that Sonequa Martin-Green is First Officer Michael Burnham of USS Discovery .
Some sites have previously assumed her character’s name was “Rainsford,” which was in fact a code name put out by the production team.
Then more Klingons are announced by CBS, Adam Winlove-Smith has joined the cast as a ‘Sentinel Klingon’, he has appeared in RoboCop (2014), Carrie (2013) and Pixels (2015) along with Damon Runyan and Clare McConnell .
Runyan will star as Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire and McConnel will be playing Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire.
Then CBS announced some re-casting Kenneth Mitchell has joined Discovery as Klingon Commander Kol which was originally going to be played by Shazad Latif.
Mitchell has been in Jericho and Frequency, Shazad Latif now moves to a newly revealed role, Starfleet Lieutenant Tyler a Federation Science Officer.
Could this be the same Tyler from Star Trek: The Original Series??
Rekha Sharma from Battlestar Galatica has also joined Discovery as Starfleet Security Officer Commander Landry.
LT. COMMANDER MICHAEL BURNHAM
Played by The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green
CAPTAIN PHILIPPA GEORGIOU
Played by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh
Played by broadway actor Anthony Rapp, best known for his role in Rent, will play Trek’s first openly gay ongoing character, Lt. Stamets. This character will be a science officer specializing in astromycology (the study of fungi in space).
One of the new, as yet unnamed alien species introduced in Discovery, Saru’s race, as described in the trailer, is genetically programmed to sense approaching death. He’s played by renowned creature performer and Guillermo del Toro regular Doug Jones, known for his roles in Hellboy,
Played by veteran character actor Jason Isaacs, best known for his work in the Harry Potter film series, Lorca is the Captain of the U.S.S. Discovery.
Anderson is a high ranking Starfleet admiral, and based on all previous Trek shows and movies, there is a good chance that he’s really a bad guy. He’s played by Army Wives star Terry Serpico.
Former Battlestar Galactica star Rekha Sharma will be playing Landry, the Security Officer for the U.S.S. Discovery.
SAREK OF VULCAN
At the point that the show takes place, Sarek and Spock are not on speaking terms. Played by genre vet James Frain, known to fans for his roles on Gotham, Orphan Black, TRON: Legacy and True Blood.
Sam Vartholomeos will portray either ensign or Lt. Connor, a junior officer in Starfleet Academy, assigned to the U.S.S. Shenzhou
What’s a starship without a doctor? Actor Maulik Pancholy is playing Nambue, Chief Medical Officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Pancholy is best known for his work on 30 Rock
Known best for his role as Dr. Jekyll on Penny Dreadful, Shazad Latif was originally cast as a Klingon.
Chris Obi will be playing the Klingon captain T’Kuvma. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the Klingons on Discovery, as they don’t match the visual look of the species from the original Star Trek series and movies, nor The Next Generation. Rumor has it that these are a race of primitive Klingons, although that has not been confirmed. It will be interesting to see how the show deals with this issue.
This is the protege of T’Kuvma, and commanding officer of the Klingons. He was originally played by Shazad Latif, but is now being portrayed by actor Kenneth Mitchell.
Actress Mary Wiseman, best known for the series Longmire, will portray Tilly, a cadet in her final year at Starfleet Academy, assigned to the U.S.S. Discovery
Rainn Wilson from The Office will join the cast as Harry Mudd, a space pirate and con artist, who appeared twice on the original series and once in the later animated series. Wilson portrays a younger version of the character.