Ahead of its upfront presentation this morning in New York City, CBS All Access released the first official photo from Star Trek Beyond, featuring Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou. Production has been under way since mid-January, although it isn't clear when the first trailer may arrive, or when the official premiere date will be set. This series has certainly gone through its share of ups and downs on its way to the CBS All Access streaming service, but now it seems the show is on the right track.
CBS All Access debuted this photo on Twitter, which could be an indication that the first full trailer is just around the corner. When this Star Trek TV series was first announced back in November 2015, it was revealed that the first episode will debut on CBS in January 2017, with the remainder of the series to air on the network's new streaming service dubbed CBS All Access. That initial plan didn't exactly come together, with the show delayed to Summer 2017, before showrunner Bryan Fuller parting ways with the show in October. CBS has not announced a specific premiere date for the series quite yet.
Some had hoped that the premiere would be announced during the CBS upfront presentation, but that didn't happen, so perhaps we'll find out later this summer, when the network announces the premiere dates for its fall lineup. Regardless, this new Star Trek TV series will make history in a few different ways when it premieres. This show will mark the first time a Star Trek TV series will be lead by both an African-American female character, and also a character who isn't a Captain. There will also be another historic first with Anthony Rapp's Lt. Stamtets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Discovery, who will be the first openly gay character in Star Trek franchise history.
The cast 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. Rainn Wilson also stars as Harry Mudd, the charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal first introduced in the original Star Trek television series. The ensemble cast also includes 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.
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. 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 serve as executive producers. Take a look at this first official photo from Star Trek Discovery below.