Star Trek: Discovery Beams Up Its First 3 Cast Members

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If you’re a serious Trekkie, just about every new Star Trek: Discovery update is worth noting, from the details of the ship to the very real possibility of nudity and swearing. However, there’s one truly monumental development that even casual fans have been anxiously awaiting, as it defines the very identity of any new Star Trek incarnation: the cast. With all that in mind, we can now reveal the first three Star Trek: Discovery cast members—and we’re happy to report that all three are heavy hitters.

Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou

Even before her breakout performance in 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Michelle Yeoh was a major star in Hong Kong—with a Bond movie (Tomorrow Never Dies) under her belt. Since Crouching Tiger, Yeoh has continued to thrive all over the world, most notably in Memoirs of a Geisha, Kung Fu Panda 2, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. In Star Trek: Discovery, she plays Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou.

Doug Jones as Lt. Saru

A celebrated contortionist-turned-actor, Doug Jones would have a sizable fanbase for his collaborations with Guillermo del Toro alone (Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), but he has also made a strong impression in a wide array of films ranging from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer to this year’s Ouija: Origin of Evil. In Star Trek: Discovery, Jones plays Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer who also happens to be part of an alien species that is completely new to the franchise.

Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets

Best known to movie fans as Tony Olson, the red-headed guy in Dazed and Confused, Anthony Rapp is a prolific, award-winning stage actor who won an Obie for playing Mark Cohen in the original Broadway production of Rent (not to mention the 2005 movie). In Star Trek: Discovery, Rapp plays Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Starship Discovery.

You still have roughly half a year to wait for Star Trek: Discovery to premiere on Space, but you can expect many more announcements in the months ahead.