In a new interview released this week with the MORTIS horror-themed podcast, Star Trek veteran character actor Tony Todd described himself as being on a casting “short list” for CBS’s new Trek series coming to the CBS All Access streaming service in 2017.
Tony Todd: “CBS is doing their own series again… I’m on a very short [casting] list.”
David Ward: “Oh, so you’re actually on the list for the series?”
Todd: “Yeah. I’m on the list for a couple [of shows].”
Ward: “Well, if you’re in the series, I’ll give it a chance – because there is not a lot of mention about [the prime or alternate timeline].”
Todd: “It’s a year away. They’re not even going to get official cast until, probably, the fourth quarter of the year. And my only concern about it is that it’s going to be that [CBS All Access] online thing; I don’t understand that part.
I’ve never done a series regular — I’ve always avoided it because I like playing different characters — but this is one year that we’re looking at some stuff, so I’m sure that we’re going to be popping up and everybody’s going to move on on sometime very soon.”
Todd, who most notably appeared on all three 1990’s Star Trek shows – most notably as Kurn, Worf’s brother, and as the older Jake Sisko in DS9’s “The Visitor” – also participated in the Prelude to Axanar fan film released in 2014 and is currently guest-starring as the voice of the evil villain Zoom on The CW’s The Flash.
As he mentions, any official announcement for the show’s cast is likely months away, as the 2017 series is not expected to launch until at least January of next year. For comparison, Scott Bakula’s casting as Jonathan Archer was released on May 11, 2001, less than five months before Enterprise premiered on UPN — and until we hear something from CBS more directly, this should be treated as a no more than casting rumor.
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