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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Star Trek series, Star Trek Discovery, casts Doug Jones as alien crew member, adds Anthony Rapp as gay Starfleet officer.


The latest upcoming Star Trek drama series, Star Trek: Discovery has cast and is finally adding some actors to the now delayed series that's behind production.

Doug Jones who will play Lt. Saru as a new alien species Starfleet science officer, and Anthony Rapp has been cast as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert and Starfleet science officer aboard the starship Discovery.

The two actors following the casting news of Michelle Yeoh as Starfleet captain Georgiou aboard the starship Shenzhou that will be another spaceship seen concurrently in the first 13-episode season of the new series postponed from its January 2017 start to now begin in May 2017.

Star Trek: Discovery is months behind and still to cast a British male doctor, a male admiral, a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male adviser, an openly gay actor in an as yet unnamed role,as well as the lead character who will be female but not the captain of the starship Discovery.

South African viewers will have to watch the series on the global subscription video-on-demand (VOD) service Netflix that grabbed the international rights, meaning that Star Trek: Discovery won't be seen on ShowMax, OnTapTV.com, M-Net or any of MultiChoice's DStv or StarSat's TV channels.

With Star Trek: Discovery months behind in production, Bryan Fuller was fired and removed from his showrunner position in October since he didn't devote enough time to the show as he's also juggling other TV series and projects.

CBS Television Studios is producing Star Trek: Discovery distributed by CBS Studios International through Netflix in 188 countries worldwide, with one episode that will be released on a weekly basis.