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Star Trek: Discovery Finds Its Klingons

By Brian Gallagher — December 13th, 2016

Star Trek: Discovery announces additional cast members joining the series as Klingons: Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo. Chris Obi will star as "T'Kuvma," the Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses. Shazad Latif will star as "Kol," the Commanding Officer of the Klingons and protégé of T'Kuvma. Mary Chieffo will star as "L'Rell," the Battle Deck Commander of the Klingon ship.

Obi, Latif and Chieffo join previously announced cast members Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp. Doug Jones will star as "Lt. Saru," a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe. Michelle Yeoh will star as "Captain Georgiou," the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou. Anthony Rapp will star as "Lt. Stamets," an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Starship Discovery.

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series premieres May 2017 on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network's digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media's Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman's Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller's Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers. Bryan Fuller backed away as showrunner last month, due to scheduling complications with his Starz series American Gods. The original plan was to debut the series this January on CBS, before it moved to CBS All Access, but the show was pushed to May 2017, to give the producers more time to, "achieve a vision we can all be proud of."

CBS All Access is the CBS Television Network's digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its upcoming original series, CBS All Access gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 8,500 episodes on demand - spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits. CBS All Access is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Fire TV. Hopefully we'll have more casting updates on Star Trek Discovery soon.

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