‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Casts Three Major Klingon Roles
If ever you wondered which alien race might have the largest presence in CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery, the latest round of casting isn’t exactly subtle. Three new stars have joined the All-Access cast, and all three of them playing Klingon roles.
Per Entertainment Weekly, Roots star Chris Obi will play T’Kuvma, described as “a leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses,” while Penny Dreadful alum Shazad Latif will play Kol, a Klingon Commanding Officer and protege of T’Kuvma. Additionally, Mary Chieffo will play the role of L’Rell, described as “the Battle Deck Commander of a Klingon ship.”
Previously, Star Trek: Discovery confirmed among the cast Doug Jones, Adam Rapp and Michelle Yeoh, while ex-showrunner Bryan Fuller 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, more-so than episodic. The new series will also feature a non-captain female lead, with a Klingon captain and a British doctor, and 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. So reads the initial synopsis for the series, which debuts on CBS in May 2017 before moving to All-Access:
The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
Additional castings will emerge within the next few weeks, but what do we make of the first official Star Trek: Discovery Klingons?
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