CBS Announces New Characters – and They’re Klingons
Fans have been anxiously awaiting any and all news about the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series. After learning in October that Bryan Fuller was stepping out as Executive Producer, fans were beginning to worry whether the new Trek would fail before it began.
Then, a few weeks ago, CBS released the first three members of the cast and gave some tid-bits of information about their characters. Today, they surprised us again with three more cast members… all of them Klingons!
Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo have all been added to ST:DISC’s cast, announced via the CBS website (Original Article link: http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/news/1006273/star-trek-discovery-reveals-klingon-characters-/).
Chris Obi – Star Trek Discovery
Chris Obi, an actor and director best known for his involvement in American Gods and Snow White and the Huntsman, is slated to portray the character “T’Kuvma”, a leader of the Klingon Empire who desires to unite all of the Klingon Houses.
Shazad Latif – Star Trek Discovery
Shazad Latif is set to play “the Commanding Officer” Kol, and will be a protege to T’Kuvma. Shazad is a London-born actor of Pakistani descent, who is known for his roles in the movie “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and for his role in the series “Penny Dreadful”. Will he be commanding the lead Klingon ship in the series?
Mary Chieffo – Star Trek Discovery
Mary Chieffo is slated to play “L’Rell”, the “Battle Deck Commander” of the Klingon ship (the ship has not been named yet, or if it has, it has not been revealed). Chieffo is no stranger to stage and screen, either, being born to actors Beth Grant and Michael Chieffo. She has held multiple stage roles and leads in various canon Shakespeare plays.
Klingons have long played a pivotal role in Star Trek since it’s inception in the 1960’s. They were regular bad-guys in the Original Series, and were featured often in future series and incarnations of Trek. The first regular Klingon character in Star Trek was Michael Dorn’s “Worf” in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was followed by a string of series regulars, including the characters of Lursa & B’Etor, Gowron, Martok and even Worf’s son Alexander.
What does this mean? To this fan, it sounds like the main cast of “bad guys” is already set to square-off with the crew of the USS Discovery when it premieres in 2017, and judging from the reactions of fans on various social media outlets, we’re all excited about it!