11:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Star Trek: Discovery' Casts Klingon Trio
CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery has cast its first Klingons.
Joining the cast of the digital drama are Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo, producers CBS Television Studios announced Monday.
Obi will star as T'Kuvma, the Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses; Latif is set as Kol, the commanding officer of the Klingons and protégé of T’Kuvma; and Chieffo will portray L'Rell, the battle deck commander of the Klingon ship.
The CBS All Access show features the franchise's Enterprise, now known as the U.S.S. Discovery. The drama will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and new civilizations while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones were announced as the 13-episode series' first castmembers. Star Trek: Discovery was originally scheduled to debut in January and was pushed back to May, with The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight now set to be the first scripted offering on CBS All Access, the network's VOD platform.
Star Trek: Discovery features a new ship, new characters and new missions. The project hails from Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Roddenberry Entertainment. Executive producers include Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Berg and Harberts took over as showrunners for Fuller, who recently noted that he will not be involved in the show's day-to-day after stepping down from his post to focus on Starz's American Gods and other projects.
Obi, meanwhile, is set to play Mr. Jacquel in American Gods and is currently filming the Starz adaptation of the Neil Gaiman graphic novel. His credits include Ghost in the Shell and Roots. He is repped by Gersh.
Latif's credits include Penny Dreadful and Spooks. He is with Principal Entertainment.
Chieffo is a relative newcomer and counts The Perfect Fit as well as Jack and Janet Save the Planet among her body of work. She is with DBA.