CBS has announced two more actors for their new Star Trek TV series, Discovery.
Doug Jones will play Lt. Saru, a Starfleet officer from an alien race not before seen in the franchise. The actor has a history of working with Guillermo Del Toro, having appeared as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Hellboy II, the Pale Man and the Faun in Pan's Labyrinth and Lady Sharpe in Crimson Peak. He also played the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and was the leader of the Gentlemen in the classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Hush.
Anthony Rapp will play Lt. Stamets, a Starfleet scientist specialising in biology and fungi. Rapp is a Broadway actor best-known for his role in Rent. On TV he has guest-starred in The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Knick, whilst on film he has appeared in Twister and A Beautiful Mind.
CBS confirmed last week that Michelle Yeoh had been cast as the captain of the USS Shenzhou, which will play an important recurring role in the story. The series itself will focus on a Lt. Commander serving on the USS Discovery, about ten years prior to events of the original Star Trek series.
CBS hopes to announce the casting of that lead character shortly. Star Trek: Discovery is currently scheduled to begin airing in May 2017 on CBS and on Netflix around the world the day after.