Star Trek: Discovery announces additional cast members joining the series. Shazad Latif will star as "Lieutenant Tyler," a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Latif is known for his role as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the television series Penny Dreadful. Rekha Sharma will star as "Commander Landry," the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Sharma's television credits include Battlestar Galactica and The 100.

Other new cast members include Kenneth Mitchell, who will star as "Kol," a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Mitchell's television credits include the fan-favorite Jericho on CBS, The Astronaut Wives Club and Frequency. Clare McConnell will star as "Dennas," a leader in the Klingon Empire. McConnell's film credits include Dim the Fluorescents, slated for release this fall. Damon Runyan will star as "Ujilli," a leader in the Klingon Empire. Runyan's television credits include Suits, Supernatural and Gangland Undercover. Latif was originally announced in the role of "Kol," now played by Kenneth Mitchell.

They join a cast that is lead by Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, along with Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd, the charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal first introduced in the original Star Trek television series. The cast also includes Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe, Chris Obi as T'Kuvma, the Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses, Shazad Latif as Kol, the Commanding Officer of the Klingons and protégé of T'Kuvma and Mary Chieffo as L'Rell, the Battle Deck Commander of the Klingon ship. This new series will also feature the first openly-gay character, Lt. Stamets, played by Anthony Rapp, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Discovery, along with James Frain as Spock's father, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, captain of the Starship discovery, and Mary Wiseman as Tilly, a Starfleet Academy Cadet in her final year of study, assigned to the Starship Discovery.

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