Thanks to Nicholas Meyer, the world already learned that Michelle Yeoh had been cast in Star Trek: Discovery. But today CBS announced two more cast members, including one who will play a new alien who has some experience playing new aliens.
Joining Yeoh are Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp. Jones will play Lt. Saru, a Starfleet science officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe. Rapp will play Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist – otherwise known as a fungus expert – and Starfleet science officer who will serve aboard the USS Discovery.
They were part of the cast announcement that included Yeoh, who CBS confirmed would play Capt. Georgiou, a captain aboard her own starship, the USS Shenzhou.
Jones might be best known to geek show fans on TNT’s Falling Skies where he played the alien Cochise in the third, fourth and fifth seasons of the show. He also had a memorable role in Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 war fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth as Fauno.
Other credits for Jones include The Strain where he played The Ancient, MTV’s Teen Wolf and he played an alien twice in the 1998 attempt to revive The Outer Limits.
Jones also has a connection with two of the executive producers of Discovery. He played Fyn-Ke’al in White Room: 02B3, a 365-degree short that involved Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Both Roddenberry and Roth are part of the producing team for the new Star Trek series.
Rapp is an original cast member of the musical Rent, a role he reprised for the 2005 film adaptation. He also played Bender in the 2002 Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind alongside star Russell Crowe. He actually got his start back in 1987 as teenager Daryl Coopersmith in the comedy Adventures in Babysitting, and later appeared in School Ties and Dazed and Confused.
A lot of Rapp’s work since then has been on the stage, not just in Rent revivals, but also more recently in If/Then with his Rent cast mate Idina Menzel.
Discovery will debut on the subscription streaming service CBS All Access beginning in May, with CBS itself broadcasting the pilot episode. The network, in a release, described the new show as featuring “a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamer and doers.”
It will be available in 188 countries on Netflix, as well as on Bell Media’s Space Channel and its subscription service CraveTV in Canada.
Production is expected to get underway in February in Toronto.
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