Star Trek: Discovery announces its first three cast members: Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Anthony Rapp. As previously announced, Star Trek: Discovery will premiere in May 2017 on CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network's subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. 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 in the U.S. on CBS All Access, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media's Space Channel and 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, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers. We reported last month that Bryan Fuller was departing as showrunner, with Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts taking over as the new showrunners.
The report from last month revealed that Bryan Fuller is also working on two other shows, Starz's American Gods and NBC's Amazing Stories, which is one of the reasons why he backed away as showrunner. Unidentified sources claimed there was "some strain" between Bryan Fuller and CBS over the progress of the series, which was originally slated to debut much earlier. When Star Trek Discovery was first announced last November, it was revealed that the series premiere would air on CBS in January 2017, before the show moved to its full-time home, the new streaming service CBS All Access. Back in September, the show was pushed to a May 2017 debut, to give the producers extra 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.
CBS All Access will continue to expand its lineup of original series with additional programming to be announced. The official social media handles for Star Trek Discovery: Twitter: @StarTrekCBS Instagram: @StarTrekCBS Snapchat: @StarTrekCBS. To sign up for CBS All Access, please visit CBS.com/allaccess. Hopefully we'll get more casting updates on this new series in the near future.