Star Trek: Discovery star Doug Jones, who will play Lieutenant Saru, recently sat down with IGN’s Jim Vejvoda to discuss Star Trek’s upcoming return to television.
“We know you can’t say much.” said Vejvoda.
“I don’t know much.” Jones responded.
Discussing when Discovery will start filming, Jones confirmed what we first reported back in December, saying “We’re in January now… 2017. So later on this month.”
“It’ll be a good long chunk of time that I’ll be gone filming for that.” Jones said.
“All I can say is what’s already been out there, which is that I’m a new breed of alien that you’ve never seen on the series before or in any of the movies — which I’m tickled pink about… that I’ll get to … from the ground up, that I get to help develop and find this character and his species is all about from the getgo. Instead of taking folklore that’s already existing in the franchise and trying to appease the fans in playing a new one of those [aliens].”
“This is a whole new thing that we get to discover together, which I’m really excited about… and I will be the science officer.”
Jones went on to talk about his familiarity with the franchise, prior to being cast in the new series.
“I don’t think you can watch TV and film and not be a Star Trek fan. There are Trekkers, Trekkies… and I’ve been schooled on the differences.”
“I am an admirer of the franchise — both the movies and the TV series incarnations.” Jones said.
The first episode of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere with a broadcast TV special on CBS in May. That episode and all subsequent episodes will be exclusively shown in the U.S. on the video streaming service CBS All Access.
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and Michelle Yeoh will star in the new series, with Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo being announced as playing Klingons.
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. Stepping in for Bryan Fuller as co-showrunners are Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.