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.”
We’re getting word that local actor, Wendy Crewson, has been cast in Discovery to play a Starfleet Admiral. We’re unsure of her character’s name, her species, or how many episodes she will be in, but this is certainly an interesting casting.
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.
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Sam will play Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou.
Maulik will play Dr. Nambue, the Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Shenzhou—the same ship helmed by Michelle Yeoh’s character, Captain Georgiou.
Terry will play Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking official of Starfleet.