Did you know that Klingons were going to feature heavily in the new CBS All Access Star Trek: Discovery series?
Well, you do now.
CBS has named three more actors that will star in its upcoming digital streaming series – and all of them will portray Klingons. And they may not be names you have heard before: Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo.
Obi will play T’Kuvma, a Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses. Obi is an interesting casting choice because he has a direct connection to former Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller playing the recurring character of Mr. Jacquel in Fuller’s Starz series American Gods.
He also popped up in a 2011 episode of Doctor Who, “Closing Time,” which also featured future late-night star James Corden in a guest-starring role opposite Matt Smith’s Doctor. Obi also was the Mirror Man in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman.
Obi just finished work on Ghost in the Shell, where he played Ambassador Kiyoshi.
Latif will star as Kol, the “commanding officer of the Klingons,” and T’Kuvma’s protege. Latif is probably best known for playing Dr. Jekyll in John Logan’s Penny Dreadful.
He’s currently filming Still Star-Crossed for ABC as Tybalt Capulet, and recently finished work on the action thriller The Commuter with Liam Neeson and Patrick Wilson.
Finally, Chieffo will play L’Rell, a battle deck commander of the Klingon ship.
Chieffo is an up-and-coming actress with a respectable indie film resume, including Shelby’s Vacation, which will be released in July.
And, giving us some throwback to Patrick Stewart, she has some strong stage work in her most recent past as well – especially when it comes to Shakespearean works.
The trio join three other cast members already announced: Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones.
Filming is still slated to begin early next year in Toronto, with the premiere first coming to CBS in May, followed by a full 13-episode run on CBS All Access.
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