Star Trek Discovery Announces Changes and New Characters!

Star Trek Discovery - 5 new cast announcements

New Discovery Cast – Character Recast

We’ve all been waiting patiently for any news about Star Trek: Discovery, and finally, we’ve got something to sink our sharpened teeth into!

CBS announced today that even more Klingons have been added to the cast, including Kenneth Mitchell (whom you may recognize from shows such as Jericho and Frequency), who will play Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire, as well as Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan, cast as Dennas and Ujilli, respectively, who will be leaders in the Klingon empire.

Now, if that Klingon name sounds familiar, it is because Shazad Latif had already been cast in this role before, but CBS has changed up the casting… Kol will now be portrayed by Mitchell, while Latif is now set to play “Lieutenant Tyler”, listed as being an Federation Starfleet Officer.

Details on why the role swap are scarce, so we can only speculate at this point (but I’m betting my money on the fact that the long hours needed in the makeup chair probably won this one!)

Familiar SciFi Actor

Other new cast members include Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica, Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem, Star Trek: Continues), who will be playing Commander Landry, a security officer (Chief of Security?) on the USS Discovery.

Sharma has previously appeared in the fan series “Star Trek Continues”, playing Avi Samara in the episode “Still Treads the Shadow”. (That series can be streamed through the Star Trek: Continues YouTube channel. )

BSG's Rekha Sharma joins Star Trek Discovery.  Sharma has also appeared in the fan-made Star Trek: Continues
BSG’s Rekha Sharma joins Star Trek Discovery. Sharma has also appeared in the fan-made Star Trek: Continues

So far, we have a large cast of Klingons that appear to be set to wreck havoc on the crews of the USS Shenzou and the USS Discovery as the series begins sometime this year (CBS still has no official “launch date”), including not only the three new-comers, but also Chris Obi and Mary Chieffo.

Casting Recap

So, as a quick recap, here’s what we know so far: There’s a ton of Klingons cast, at least two ships and two captains (also meaning two crews?), and we know we’ll be exploring something we’ve only just ‘heard of’ before (The Treaty of Armens?), and that we will definitely be seeing the characters of Sarek and Harry Mudd…

I don’t know about you guys, but I know this fan is excited to see how all of this is going to intertwine into the next chapter of the Star Trek saga.

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Robert is an avid lover of all things horror, sci-fi, and paranormal. He's been a Star Trek fan (AKA "Trekkie/Trekker") since he was just a boy. When he's not watching reruns of Star Trek or X-Files, he's researching and writing about them! Robert lives in Chicago, Illinois... Twitter: @ParanormalBob Facebook: www.facebook.com/robertjmarkin