Filming is set to begin later this month on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, and today IGN released a new interview with recently-cast actor Doug Jones, who takes on the role of alien Lieutenant Saru – a member of a brand new Trek species, debuting in the new series.
In addition to a pronunciation guide to the new character name, Jones also told IGN’s Jim Vejvoda about his preference to create a new alien species, rather than don the makeup of an already-established Trek race.
JONES: I am a new breed of alien that you’ve never seen on the series before, or in any of the movies, which I’m ticked pink about – that I get to, from the ground up, get to find and develop this character and his species, and what we’re 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 [alien species].
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 [Saru].
IGN: How do you say his name, ‘Saow-ru’?
JONES: ‘Suh-ROO.’ Lieutenant Saru, is what they’ve said so far. Now rank, of course, can change over the years; I don’t know where I’ll be heading from here. Let’s hope up!
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY debuts this May on CBS All Access and Netflix.