‘Discovery’ Co-Creator Explains Latest Trek Casting

By December 5, 2016


Alex Kurtzman, the co-creator of Star Trek: Discovery, says he’s “very excited” about the recent cast additions of Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones to the CBS All Access series.

And we hope so. Because if he wasn’t, that in itself would be some shocking news.

Kurtzman, who also had a had in writing the 2009 feature Star Trek as well as its sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness in 2013, shared his thoughts with IGN‘s Jim Vejvoda while trying to avoid any potential spoilers, or really any information about the show at all.

“I will not give you one detail about the show other than to tell you that I think that Michelle gets to play a part that has so many dimensions to it, and is so perfect for where we want to go over the course of the season. And maybe even beyond.”

yeoh-inset120516Heh, “beyond.” Yeoh, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star whose involvement was leaked by producer Nicholas Meyer late last month, will play Capt. Georgiou, in command of a ship that apparently will work together with the USS Discovery called the USS Shenzhou.

Kurtzman also is excited by Jones, an actor who has plenty of experience bringing characters in heavy makeup to light in projects like Pan’s Labyrinth and TNT’s Falling Skies. Bringing in Jones was similar to why he had Sofia Boutella play the main villain in his upcoming film The Mummy: The character’s major qualities are in these actors’ genes.

“What you want to do when you’re creating a creature of some kind is cast an actor who has the ability to pull off the bulk of it in a practical way, and that requires a real understanding of movement. And again, Sofia’s ability – because she’s a dancer – she had an innate understanding. 

“It’s just in her DNA to understand how to move that way. Doug obviously carries the same thing.”

Before becoming an actress and making a major dent as Jaylah in this past summer’s Star Trek: Beyond, Boutella was a dancer for artists such as Madonna.

Finally, Rapp was a more interesting choice because most of his work has been on the stage in productions like Rent, and in films like A Beautiful MindDiscovery will be his first long-term television role, playing a fungus expert named Stamets.

“I’ve been a fan of Anthony’s for a long time. He’s just a brilliant actor. It’s always just about how do you find actors who are – it’s always who’s right for the part, but it’s also there’s a lovely diversity that Star Trek has been about.”

Rumors are that Rapp, who personally identifies as openly queer, could be Star Trek’s first openly gay character on television. However, those reports have not been verified.

Star Trek: Discovery debuts in May first on CBS, and then on the network’s subscription streaming service, 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.