'Star Trek: Discovery' Announces Its First Cast Members!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 3:04PM
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 3:04PM
'Star Trek: Discovery' Announces Its First Cast Members!
J.J. Abram's Star Trek movies were fun, but die-hard fans weren't pleased at seeing the universe Gene Roddenberry so carefully built thrown out in a reboot. Star Trek: Discovery is the first real Star Trek show since Enterprise ended over a decade ago, and though it'll be on video on-demand with CBS, people are rightly excited to return to the original spirit of the franchise. One of the biggest points of controversy, however, has been the announcement that there will be an openly gay character on the show. Despite reportedly receiving a folder full of hate mail after announcing it, Brian Fuller and the team stuck to their guns. Now we not only know who that character will be, but two more of the crewmembers aboard the Discovery. According to EW:

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First up: Actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies) will play Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe.
 
Second, Anthony Rapp (Rent, Road Trip) will star as Lt. Stamets, an "astromycologist," fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Starship Discovery. Lt. Stamets is the new gay character; previously, Trek icon Lt. Sulu was revealed to be gay in this year's movie Star Trek Beyond...

And finally, Yeoh, who was previously reported as joining the cast, will play Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou.
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We've gotten a lot of information about the new series, including the classic Star Trek episode the showrunners are using as the "touchstone", a concept of what the new ship will look like (based on original artwork by Ralph McQuarrie), and the as-of-yet uncasted main character, who is only referred to as "Number One". We're not sure how useful astromycology is, but since the new crew now has an official expert in it, we're guessing we'll see some more fungus-based storylines.

It's an exciting time for Trekkies, especially those who wanted the new show to keep the same diverse crew the original show had. Since his tenure aboard the Enterprise, George Takei, aka Lieutenant Sulu, has become a geek and pop culture icon for his outspoken support for gay rights, mixing humor and heartfelt sentiment in his social media posts. It looks like that's one more legacy Discovery is taking on.
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