Star Trek: Discovery beams up three new Starfleet officers

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May 2, 2017, 11:01 AM EDT (Updated)

Filming on showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts' Star Trek: Discovery is now in full swing and some new cast members have been announced.

Joining the cast for the CBS All Access series' 13 episode-run are Terry Serpico (The Purge: Election Year), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Weeds) and Sam Vartholomeos (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Following). The original announcement was made via Twitter and you can have a look below.

According to Deadline, Serpico has been tapped as Admiral Anderson, who's described as "a high-ranking official of Starfleet." Pancholy plays Dr. Nambue, the Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Shenzhou, while Vartholomeos will beam aboard the new series as Ensign Connor, a "Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou."

As you probably already know, sitting in the captain's chair for the Starship Shenzhou is Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), who joined the cast a few months ago as Captain Georgiou.

Star Trek: Discovery takes place a decade before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series and will revolve around Sonequa Martin-Green's (The Walking Dead) lieutenant commander Rainsford (known to the other crew members as 'Number One') instead of the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery (NCC-1031).

Other cast members include Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp (as the first openly gay character on a Star Trek TV show), Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo and James Frain (one of my favorite castings so far) as Spock's father Sarek.

(via Deadline)