We’re still anxiously awaiting some actual footage and intel about the direction of Star Trek: Discovery, but we can now officially confirm it will feature Klingons. A few of them, in fact.
CBS has announced the casting of three actors set to bring a few Klingon characters to life on the CBS All Access streaming series. According to Mashable, Chris Obi (American Gods) will play T'Kuvma, a Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses; Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) will play Kol, the Commanding Officer of the Klingons and a protégé of T’Kuvma; and newcomer Mary Chieffowill portray L'Rell, the Klingon ship’s Battle Deck Commander.
The three stars join previously announced stars Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Anthony Rapp. The studio is still working to lock down the show’s lead actor, who will reportedly be a female officer (but not a captain) onboard the Discovery. That's a major change for the franchise, and will mark the first series not to focus on a captain.
It’s not a huge shock to hear Discovery will feature a few Klingon characters, but the roles seem to indicate the series might give us an interesting story about the interworking of the Klingon government. Most notably, Obi’s role about trying to unite the different Klingon houses. That could be a compelling story to explore throughout this first.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere in May on CBS, but will air exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service.