Star Trek Discovery casts Sam Vartholomeos, Maulik Pancholy, Terry Serpico

Star Trek Discovery adds Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, and Terry Serpico to cast
 
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CBS has announced three new cast members to the Star Trek Discovery team.  Newly announced are Sam Vartholomeos, Maulik Pancholy (we broken this news back on January 21st), and Terry Serpico.

Here’s what we know about the new Star Trek Discovery cast members, their names and their roles.

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Sam Vartholomeos

Star Trek Discovery - Sam Vartholomeos, Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy, USS Shenzhou
Star Trek Discovery – Sam Vartholomeos, Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy, USS Shenzhou

Sam Vartholomeos, who has previously been on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will be playing Ensign Connor.  Interestingly, Connor is still enlisted with Starfleet Academy but is also a Junior Officer assigned to the USS Shenzhou.

Maulik Pancholy

Star Trek Discovery - Maulik Pancholy, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nambue, USS Shenzhou
Star Trek Discovery – Maulik Pancholy, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nambue, USS Shenzhou

Maulik Pancholy has also been cast to Discovery.  Playing Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nambue, Pancholy’s character will also be aboard the starship Shenzhou. Pancholy is best known for his role on 30 Rock.  We also wrote about the possiblity of Pancholy being added to the Star Trek Discovery cast back in January.

Terry Serpico

Star Trek Discovery - Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson
Star Trek Discovery – Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson

Last but not least, Terry Serpico will play an Admiral named Anderson.  CBS has pointed out that Admiral Anderson is “a high-ranking Starfleet official”.  What that means, specifically, we don’t know (most Admirals are considered high-ranking just by their nature).  According to CBS, Serpico’s film and television credits include 100 Centre Street, The Departed, Army Wives, Rescue Me, Sneaky Pete, Elementary and The Purge: Election Year.

USS Shenzhou More Prominent Than Expected

With the announcements of two new major cast members on the USS Shenzhou, it seems that star ship is taking on more of a role in the season’s story line than originally thought.  We’ll be releasing our analysis on the USS Shenzhou soon, so stay tuned for that.  In the meanwhile, tell us what you think about the new casting announcement in the comments section below.

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About Enrico Pastellio

Rico became a Star Trek fan after being introduced to it during Star Trek Enterprise's run. After finishing that series, he went back watching TNG, DS9, VOY, and most of the movies. He's a big fan of Star Trek (2009) for its action, but favors the cerebral nature of each tv series. When Rico first heard about the new Star Trek Discovery series (then just know as 'Star Trek'), he immediately wanted to start up a new site about the show. You can email him at enrico@ncc-1031.com.

  • 4ndré

    It almost seems Lt. Commander Rainford is alone on the USS Discovery and the majority of the cast is aboard the USS Shenzou and a Klingon Vessel. Intriguing!!!
    Maybe the Captain and other crew are missing, that’s why Rainford will be the lead and not the captain?