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With Star Trek: Discovery set to begin airing on CBS All Access this coming May (pushed back from its original February, 2017 premiere date due to delays in production), the initial round of casting announcements has begun.
The series, which will take place mainly on the Discovery and follow a female Lieutenant Commander on the ship, will apparently focus on the interactions between two different Starfleet ships. The second ship, the Shenzhou, will be captained by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Michelle Yeoh, who will play Captain Georgiou.
Over on the Discovery, Doug Jones (best known for his work on Pan’s Labyrinth) will take on the role of Lt. Saru, a Starfleet science officer and a new alien species never before seen on Star Trek. Joining him aboard the Discover will be Rent star Anthony Rapp, who will be tackling the role of openly gay Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet science officer.
Star Trek: Discovery is the first televised Star Trek series following the cancellation of Enterprise in 2005. The series will be shepherded by executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who took over the day-to-day operations from fellow executive producer Bryan Fuller, so that he could focus more on work for his Starz series American Gods.