For months we’ve been wondering if there would be a medical officer aboard the U.S.S. Discovery when Star Trek: Discovery premieres in September. Well, now we know. On Saturday, during San Diego Comic-Con, Wilson Cruz was announced as playing Dr. Hugh Culber on the series.
The 43-year-old Brooklyn-born Puerto Rican actor rounds out the most diverse cast in Star Trek history.
Best known for his role as Enrique ‘Rickie’ Vasquez on My So Called Life, his television and film resume also includes NCIS, Pushing Daisies, Shameless.
Jonathan Frakes is returning to Star Trek! Make it So!
Frakes, of course, played Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in several Trek films.
“Jonathan Frakes will rejoin the Trek world with Discovery,” writer-producer Gretchen J. Berg told EW. “He’s a fantastic guy and great director.”
Added fellow showrunner Aaron Harberts: “Our cast is dying to work with him.”
Frakes is very experienced behind the camera, having helmed several episodes of TNG, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, as well as the Trek films First Contact and Insurrection. In addition, he’s directed episodes of several non-Trek titles such as Leverage, Burn Notice, and NCIS: Los Angeles. Berg and Harberts previously worked with Frakes when he directed five episodes of CBS’ Roswell.
Frakes will be directing an episode on Discovery, no news if this involves only one episode.
Here it is, finally some news about the new starship U.S.S. Discovery…
We have the first picture of the Captain Gabriel Lorca on the Captain’s chair.
A steely Federation Starship Captain who’s considered a brilliant military tactician. The photo also gives the first hint of the bridge of the U.S.S. Discovery, which has not been revealed yet…. Captain Gabriel Lorca is played by Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter.
More news to follow….
Damon Runyan and Clare McConnell have joined Discovery as Klingons…
Damon Runyan is an actor and director, known for Gangland Undercover (2015), Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001).
Runyan will star as Ujilli, a leader in the Klingon Empire.
Clare McConnell is an actor, known for Dim the Fluorescents (2017) and This Is What It Sounds Like Falling Out of Love with You (2016).
McConnel will be playing Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire.
More Discovery news coming from CBS, 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, 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??
After months of silence on the matter, the CBS All-Access series announced on Monday that The Walking Dead actress Sonequa Martin-Green will play First Officer Michael Burnham.
A First Officer is the second in command on a starship, just below the captain. Martin-Green’s character was originally described by executive producer Bryan Fuller as a lieutenant commander, but in the Trek-verse that rank can also be the ship’s First Officer (so perhaps she’s both). Star Trek: Discovery marks the first time the lead character in a Trek series hasn’t been a ship’s captain, which Fuller noted gives the series a chance to tell a different kind of story.
Some sites have previously assumed her character’s name was “Rainsford,” which was a codename put out by the production.
Although the arc of the new series remains shrouded in secrecy, Martin-Green — who’s been shooting “for a little while now” — is able to at least give a vague sense of what Trekkers can expect. “This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon,” she says. “It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey.”
As we already know, it’s also going to be a story told for the first time from the perspective of someone other than the captain — Martin-Green’s First Officer. “Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain,” she suggests, “to be coming from [his second-in-command’s] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling.”
The cast of Star Trek: Discovery celebrating James Frain’s birthday