‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Adds ‘30 Rock’ Alum and More Shenzhou Crew
The ongoing production of CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery may have leaked out some surprising changes, so what better way to wrestle back the narrative with some official casting? Latest to join Starfleet are 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy and several others, staffing out the Starship Shenzhou.
Per CBS’ official announcement, Pancholy will play Dr. Nambue, Chief Medical Officer to Michelle Yeoh’s character’s Starship Shenzhou, with The Following star Sam Vartholomeos as the fresh-faced Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer from Starfleet Academy assigned to the ship. Rounding out the new trio is Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking official of Starfleet.
Previously, Star Trek: Discovery confirmed among the cast Sonequa Martin-Green as our Lt. Commander lead, James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Doug Jones as an alien science officer, Adam Rapp as the TV franchise’s first openly-gay character and Michelle Yeoh as Captain of a different ship, along with several Klingon roles. Ex-showrunner Bryan Fuller also recently stepped up to clarify his limited involvement in the project going forward.
Shooting in Toronto, the new 13-episode Star Trek: Discovery is officially said to take place 10 years before Kirk’s original Enterprise mission, as well to be “heavily serialized,” akin to a novel. The new series will also explore the fallout of an event referenced, but never seen in the original series. Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer has also joined alongside Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod, fan-favorite Voyager novel alum Kirsten Beyer, franchise vet Joe Menosky and Heroes writer Aron Coleite.
Star Trek: Discovery is tentatively scheduled for May, but what do we make of the new additions? Watch the production teaser below.
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