After a week of hot rumors about the casting for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, CBS has today officially named the first three names in the new Trek production’s on-screen team.

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  • Noted character actor Doug Jones will be portraying Lieutenant Saru, “a Starfleet science officer, and new alien species to the Star Trek universe.” Jones is well known for his work under prosthetic makeup – a natural for Trek – from such films as Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy series, along with the recent Falling Skies television series.
  • As previously reported, Michelle Yeoh has in fact beamed aboard of captain of the starship Shenzhou, but her character’s name is Captain Georgiou, not ‘Han Bo’ as rumored in the trades. Yeoh will portray the first on-screen Asian female captain of a Federation vessel.
  • Finally, Anthony Rapp – one of the original cast members of RENT on Broadway – will take on the role of Lt. Stamets, science officer and astromycologist (“fungus expert”) aboard the Discovery. This casting choice continues Trek‘s longstanding tradition of including well-versed stage actors in its ensembles.

We don’t yet know much more about these characters or their role in the new show, but we’re glad to see CBS making some real news now about STAR TREK: DISCOVERY ahead of the May 2017 debut.

  • So far I love this (though I am not too familiar with Anthony Rapp).

    Months ago I made a list of ten actors who should play captains on Star Trek and Michelle Yeoh was on that list so I am really excited by that (even if she isn’t the captain of The Discovery).

    I can’t wait to find out who they cast as the Lt. Commander main character, I think Nicole Beharie would be excellent in a role like that.

    • Daniel Ireland

      Yes! Nicole Beharie would be an amazing choice.

    • Neil Kesler

      Rapp played a character named Daryl coppersmith in the 1987 movie, adventures in babysitting

      He was a bit obnoxious but it had a few good big names in the movie
      Elizabeth shue, Ron Canada, Penelope Ann miller, Vincent d”norfiro

      • That’s Daryl from Adventures in Babysitting?

        I love that movie.

        • Neil Kesler

          lol yeah that’d be the same actor

          I used the biggest crush on Elizabeth Shue when I was younger even though she’s at least ten years older than me
          Heck I’m only 38

  • CARTMANEZ

    Who for the Captain of Discovery? Sean Bean, Michael Biehn, Dennis Quaid

    • I’m still hoping for Captain Gina Torres. Probably won’t happen, but I can dream. One of my dream captains came true with Michelle Yeoh.

      • Io Jupiter

        Lord yes, Captain Gina Torres

  • Locutus

    Glad to see that they are hiring what appear to be some truly talented character actors and not the hottest, youngest things that walk through the door. I love Yeoh!!! I am curious to check out Jones work on Falling Skies.

    • I agree! I thought Robert Picardo’s balding middle-aged man was a lot more fun to watch than most of the young hotties on the first few seasons of Voyager (the pre-Seven era), because Picardo could act up a storm, whereas Wang and Beltran…

      I’m one of those people who thought Spock was drop-dead gorgeous, but the fact remains that this was a rather large surprise to the people making TOS; nobody thought Leonard Nimoy was attractive until Spockmania hit. 🙂

      • Locutus

        Robert Picardo is the perfect example. He was the best thing about that show!

    • M33

      Glad they are older actors. Nothing is more cringe-worthy in shows when the producers/studios think “yeah! younger is better!”
      Has anyone ever seen that 200th episode of Stargate SG-1?
      It is REALLY funny and deals with all that typical Hollywood BS.

    • SpaceCadet

      It is great but I’m sure younger actors will eventually be revealed as well.

  • Xandercom

    That’s the gay one then.

    • M33

      Haha! My thoughts exactly!

    • M33

      Wait… wait… the gay one is into… “fungus”?
      Like, mushroom “fungus”?
      Is anyone else seeing the *ahem* connection here?

  • GIBBS v2

    Can’t wait to see what Doug Jones alien looks like. We have our tolkien bridge alien, check!

    I really like that cyborg computer guy in JJ Treks.

  • grandadmiralbinks

    So glad that the rumour about Yeoh is confimed. I love her!

  • Bifash
  • Fiery Little One

    I figured, before I hit the link for this story on the front page, that Jones had 50% chance of being an alien. Yeoh had my attention *just* from the rumor. The fact that they went with something that wasn’t Asian is a nice change. If nothing else, it keeps them from making the same mistake they made with Harry Kim. Implied he was Chinese except that ‘Kim’ is a Korean name.

  • What a tongue-twister… Yeoh is playing Captain Georgiou or the Starship Shenzhou.

    • Justin Olson

      A little odd they gave her character a Greek surname, but I suppose she is supposed to be mixed race (or possibly mixed species). Meanwhile, Marina Sirtis is probably furious they didn’t call her!

      • October_1985

        I like that kind of thing, it leads to believe that in the future will be a peacefully mixing of races and cultures, as it should be in Star Trek

        • Justin Olson

          Agreed. Makes sense.

        • zeeman1

          There is already a peaceful mixing of race and culture here and now.

          • SpaceCadet

            Hmm, I’m not really seeing that in the national and international news that I’m watching daily.

      • JennaK

        Or she could be married/widowed.

        • Justin Olson

          *head smack*

          Thank you. That’s the most likely answer.

        • *blink* I’d think women would be keeping their own names by the 23rd century…

          • Justin Olson

            Most probably would. But I think it’s up to the individual, as it is now. Look at Dr. Crusher for example. Her family name is Howard IIRC. Still, she chose to take her husband’s name.

      • SpaceCadet

        Adopted by a family of Greek descent is another possible explanation.

  • Fctiger

    Well this is exciting news, finally casting! It looks like this thing is finally getting off the ground thankfully. We’re all still waiting to see who the main star will be. I have no names in mind, mostly because I know it won’t happen lol, but no qualms who has been cast so far.

    I know this will be a prequel show but I wonder will we see any later aliens on it like Bajorans, Betazoid etc. I only ask because I would like to see later species as part of the show that wasn’t mentioned directly we had first contact with later on.

  • CARTMANEZ

    What about Keir Dullea in a role 🙂

    • M33

      I can hear the monolith now…

  • CARTMANEZ

    Wonder if we’ll see CG cameos of 1950s era Shatner, Nimoy, Hunter etc

    • October_1985

      I sure would love to see some kind of TOS reference, easter egg or cameo.

      • zeeman1

        Unlikely. Discovery is set a decade before Kirk’s famous 5 year mission.

        • SpaceCadet

          Bryan Fuller already stated that he’d like to bring in Amanda, Spock’a mother, onto the show.

    • Fctiger

      I doubt will get CG versions of them. Fuller has stated if we see any of them it will probably just be new actors. And I think CG versions would feel a bit creepy. We got different actors for the KT versions I don’t see why it would change here.

      • Datshon

        Wouldn’t it be funny if they had the KT actors playing the prime universe versions of their characters?

        • SpaceCadet

          I was about to post that too! I think they would be cool but I can only imagine the difficulty in making that work because CBS owns Trek on television/streaming and Paramount rules the movie properties and there doesn’t appear to be corporate synergy between them. Plus, I can imagine the argument being made that it would confuse the audience because the two timelines are supposed to remain separate and the KT actors represent that other timeline.

          • M33

            Plus, some of them don’t look anything like their Prime counterparts… especially Kirk.

        • Peter Deluka

          That would be good but i think it would confusing to some.

        • Fctiger

          I would be fine with that but I guess it would confuse people lol. But sure technically they are suppose to be the spitting image of the TOS characters (in theory) even if they are in a different universe.

  • Bifash

    Can you believe there are now “fans” complaining about Michelle Yeoh’s character having a Greek surname ( I’ve just come from one of the other Trek fan sites ).

    Sometimes I just despair.

    • Fctiger

      Some people are truly sad aren’t they?

      • Just a guest

        My last name is Danish, my first name is Irish, I’m mixed Lakota (full tribe member). Half of those people won’t believe I exist.

    • M33

      Yeah, as if cultural last names and ethnicity MUST go hand in hand…

  • M33

    Ha!
    Nailed it!
    Knew Yeow was the captain!
    Fits the Fuller’s “diversity/progressive” agenda perfectly!

    Maybe Doug Jones character will be the gay one, and a great cover since he will be “alien”, too.
    Just saying…

    • Fctiger

      Uh it was reported days ago Yeoh would be a captain. And a ‘diversity/progessive’ agenda on STAR TREK? The show famous for being diverse and progressive since 1966? You don’t say?

      • M33

        I guessed it a while back when the rumors first were floating. It only made sense, given how much Fuller kept stating “progressive” in interviews on numerous occasions. Reading between Hollywood lines, it means go further than what others did before you.
        Diversity is innate in Star Trek since it supposed to reflect all of humanity exploring space, and I do appreciate that at least they didn’t try to saddle her with a typical Asian name like Star Trek has typically done.
        As if in 300 years time, every ethnic group still just lives and breeds with their own kind… yeah, right. I am very glad to see this show showing how much those ethnic/language lines will not matter as humans intermingle over generations.
        Living in Hawaii, believe me, I see it everyday. Common culture/values is what ends up mattering, not your ethnicity over time.

        • Fctiger

          Ok great to know. I guess I just read your post wrong. Star Trek is what made me believe in diversity in the first place. I was a black boy born in the hood. I didn’t even see my first white person until I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. But today diversity doesn’t just mean a quota, it means full on acceptance and understanding of others. I have lived and traveled all over the world and reminded just because these people didn’t all live across the street from me doesnt mean they dont exist. And in a show like Star Trek out of all things we should be pushing to see as many different people as possible, not mitigate them to a few.

          • M33

            I agree. And even more so to not label people by their ethnicity, or any group of people by how people view each other in our 20th/21st century viewpoints.
            In Star Trek, everyone is HUMAN, and judged solely on their character and what they give back to society.
            That’s MLK’s dream, and it truly is a beautiful one.

    • robjoh

      I’m more curious to see who’ll be the captain of the Discovery,as that isn’t Yeoh.

      • M33

        Yes, I know.
        I’d be better if the captain was an alien, and unigendered!
        That’d blow everyone’s socks off!

        • robjoh

          That would actually be cool!

  • Benjamin Stock

    I’m still hoping for Nathan Fillion to captain Discovery, even if he won’t be the lead.

  • SpaceCadet

    I think it’s so cool that the guy with glasses from RENT is going to be in the main cast of a Star Trek series! Of course, I already knew and liked Michelle Yeoh. Doug Jones I’m not familIar with but he seems to have a following already so that’s good. I’m looking forward to further cast reveals.

    Reading through the comments on this cast announcement on Facebook is pretty down right depressing though. People are so negative. One person was like he’s not watching because this show is anti-white. Give me a break!!!

    • Someone seriously said it is anti-white? Two of the three announced cast members are white. lol

      • SpaceCadet

        He did. I think he was mainly referring to the fact the captain is Asian. And he would stick to watching TOS and TNG because they had white male captains. Can you believe some people? But go over to facebook if you can find the news release by the official Star Trek website and you’ll find rediculous comments by people who say they won’t watch because it’s a prequel series, or the starship is ugly, or because it’s pandering to political correctness. So dumb.

        • Impecunious Joe

          Ugh. “Anti-white”? Really? How do such people even watch Star Trek when they obviously don’t get so much of what it’s about?

          • SpaceCadet

            I’ve wondered that too but I’ve seen time and time again from people leaving comments on these boards and others that they are into Star Trek just for the science fiction parts of it and not the social messages of diversity and tolerance. Basically, the kind of person who would enjoy “Cause and Effect” on TNG but would skip over an episode like “The Outcast”. Sad but true.

          • Io Jupiter

            Or can not like DS9 because the shows main captain was black.

          • SpaceCadet

            Or didn’t like VOY because the captain was a woman.

  • SpaceCadet

    It hasn’t been announced here but on other sites it’s been reported that Rapp’s character is the gay one. So it’s nice to see this becoming reality now.

  • Havenbull

    Anthony Rapp… lol the dude who gets his ass kicked in Dazed and Confused… ok

    • Coupon: The Movie

      No, that was Adam Goldberg. Rapp is the one who makes out with the cute freshman girl in the end.

      • Havenbull

        Oh Yeah, you’re right. Rapp is ok with me. Don’t know about the other guy.

  • Michael

    Yeoh is a heavily overrated actress.

  • Impecunious Joe

    This is a very promising start!

  • Such a great news! Finally we have a solid, comfirmed official news from CBS and this is fantastic! 🙂 I summed up this in my last video… if anyone interested! 🙂 _\// https://youtu.be/iqR-Sgpmk9E

    • Fctiger

      LOL I remember your Beyond review. Good to see you back. And yes great news!!

      • Hehe, thank you! 🙂 It was something that I had to react as it’s a great news. I wasn’t lost though… 🙂 I kept uploading Trek themed videos on my channel… so feel free to check them out. 🙂 _\//

  • Michael

    Terrible choices

    • Care to elaborate?

      • Michael

        Two white males. I think we have had enough white males in Star Trek.