CBS made some major announcements on Tuesday, revealing that Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and Michelle Yeoh have all been cast for the upcoming All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. All three have been officially confirmed by CBS.
Doug Jones will play the alien science officer, Lt. Saru. He is best known for his roles in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Legion, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Strain.
Anthony Rapp will play Starfleet science officer, astromycologist, fungus expert Lt. Stamets. Rapp is known for his work on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Psych, Adventures In Babysitting, and the Broadway productions: Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and If/Then.
Michelle Yeoh, who we reported had been cast last week, will play Starfleet Captain Georgiou, in command of the starship Shenzhou. Yeoh is known for her work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine, Mechanic: Resurrection and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
More casting news is expected in the coming days.
Anthony Rapp expressed his excitement about being part of the new series, tweeting “So proud to be a part of this journey. I’m a longtime fan and super geek of the highest order.” He later tweeted a photo of himself with every season of Star Trek on DVD, as he prepares for his role.
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) November 30, 2016
Interestingly, Doug Jones is also part of the independent film project 5th Passenger, which includes former Star Trek actors: Marina Sirtis, Tim Russ, Armin Shimerman, Hana Hatae, Robert Picardo and Manu Intiraymi.
Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry have also been announced as executive producers, with Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) and Kirsten Beyer serving as a writers and consulting producers.