Star Trek: Discovery is finding its crew with Doug Jones as the Science Officer and a new alien species and Anthony Rapp as fungus expert who is the new gay character in the franchise.
Actor Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth) will star as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and will introduce a new alien species to the Star Trek universe.
Anthony Rapp (Rent) will play Lt. Stamets, a fungus scientist or “astromycologist”. Also, Lt. Stamets is first to Star Trek character to be originally conceived and announced as gay, EW reported.
Star Trek icon Lt. Sulu was revealed to be gay in this year’s movie Star Trek Beyond, a move that was considered controversial and was critized by George Takei. The actor hoped that Gene Roddenberry’s original characters and their backgrounds would be respected and that a new hero might be created, rather than reinvented.
Adding at least one gay character was important to the show’s executive producer at the time, Bryan Fuller, who is gay.
Absolutely we’re having a gay character, said Fuller to reporters in August.
Michelle Yeoh is confirmed as Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou. The story, as executive producer Bryan Fuller, previously confirmed, will focus on a female lieutenant, but she is yet to be cast.
Set 10 years before the events of the original Star Trek series, the series will follow the crew of the USS Discovery through a serialized format, like Deep Space 9.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere on CBS in May 2017, before moving to All Access. The first season will consist of 13 episodes.
Images credit: Built upon Doug Jones image by Judson University – https://www.flickr.com/photos/131669064@N02/22097643506/ CC BY 2.0 / Michelle Yeoh image by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0 / Anthony Rapp public domain photo