‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Finds Its Klingons

By December 12, 2016

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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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.
  • John Ikarus

    Klingons on uranus…sorry about that.

  • DavidDesjardins

    Hey Michael – are any of the actors you listed ‘in’ the picture you’ve used twice? I got the impression you are suggesting Stephen Liska (I believe the actor in the image on Twitter) or John Laroquette are reprising Klingon roles…

    • David, those are called “stock” photos. If you read the story above, you will not find Stephen Liska or John Laroquette among the actors that were specifically named in the story.

      This is called choosing “stock footage” to show Klingons, since our readership is not necessarily intended to be a Star Trek-centric audience, and it shows the Klingons. Considering the new actors probably haven’t even been put through Klingon makeup yet, and that filming has yet to start, I think it would be highly unlikely that I would be publishing a photo of those actors as the Klingons.

      This photo here is from “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.”

      Thanks! 🙂

      • DavidDesjardins

        That’s all cool, but these are not stock photos and in truth you’d be hard pressed to find ANY stock imagery from a licensed IP. When you’re talking about images with content owned by someone specifically, they are called ‘Editorial Use’ images. You are providing ‘editorial’ content. Even CBS provided ‘Editorial Images’ for use by media outlets to promote this.

        My issue was your choice in title and image. By using the same actors and the language to describe it, it felt like you were intimating they were hired – I was nitpicking.

        Your reply was condescending, and that’s ok too, becasue you’re a fan site.

        • David, Michael is out on vacation so I (Brian K) will happily respond. If you were admittedly “nitpicking” then maybe you should have expected a potentially condescending response.

          You were clearly teeing yourself up – by admittedly “nitpicking”, you knew the true answer to your rhetorical question. So why not just make your point? Are you trolling?

          GN is owned and operated by a company and everyone is paid – we are a professional outlet, not “a fan site”.

          Is there anything else we can help you with?

          • DavidDesjardins

            This has escalated well out of control. I’ve had run ins with Michael before way back in his syfy days, but wasn’t looking to do more that point out the inaccuracies in his posting title and use of images. Nothing really more than that. What I got back was an abject lesson in how ‘professionals use images’ . Michael can defend himself, and rightly should. Except again, he got the definition of stock image wrong.

            It’s nothing personal, but I’m a professional in Marketing Operations. I’m not an expert in writing stories about science fiction media. I am in licensing issues. I use licensed, stock and editorial content images almost everyday. My budget last year was just a dollar or two shy of 250K. Not huge by professional blogging standards, but large enough that I have to deal with licensing. Also attribution – which virtually none of your images used on this “professional site” currently has.

            So As Michael was willing ot give me a lesson in ‘stock photography’ which was’t just wrong, it was legally negligent. But as you get paid from using other companies licensed content – maybe, just maybe, you should cut my criticism some slack.

          • David … if you noticed I put the word “stock” in quotation marks. That was to indicate that they are not necessarily a specific use of the term for photos that are specifically taken to be licensed, but instead more in a colloquial way that might be used in a newsroom.

            Maybe it was inappropriate for me to use jargon that you might not be able to fully understand, and I’ll take the blame for that. However, the fact that I put the word in quotes should indicate that its use is colloquial, as it’s not to indicate a title, or someone speaking the term.

            Your budget is impressive. When I did marketing, I was working for a smaller operation, but my client budgets were somewhere north of $8 million, and it forced me to deal with licensing all the time.

            Attribution is not necessary as long as we don’t claim ownership of the images. The fact that the images typically tie into the stories, which more likely than not mentions the production companies (or at least the intellectual property involved) provides plenty of in-context attribution that is not necessary otherwise. In fact, nowhere in Fair Use does it require you to attribute in any particular way (or at all).

            Even the photo in this story was attributable to the same IP. Someone with that budget of yours should understand that.

            In this case, there is no photo of the actors in question in Klingon garb, and as a reporter, I want to use images that are illustrative of the story, and this is the one I chose in my capacity here to illustrate that story.

            Your remarks, sadly, remain condescending, while you bring some personal beef (and sorry, I don’t remember any past conversation with you – maybe it happened, and it just wasn’t memorable to me) … while asking for your trolling to be cut some slack.

            But thanks for stopping by.