Star Trek: Discovery Adds Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones

Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones have joined the crew of Star Trek: Discovery, CBS announced on Tuesday.

Rapp will play Lt. Stamets, a astromycologist and Starfleet science officer who also happens to be an expert on fungus. This marks Rapp's first starring role in a television series. He is best known for his work on Broadway, where he originated the role of Mark in Rent.

Jones will play Lt. Saru, another Starfleet science officer who is a new alien species in the Star Trek universe. The actor, who has a background in contortionism and mime, is best known for his work under prosthestic makeup, appearing as otherwordly creatures in Pan's Labyrinth, The Strain, Falling Skies and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Rapp and Jones join Michelle Yeoh, who will play Captain Georgiou, the leader onboard the Starship Shenzhou. Discovery's main character, a female lieutenant commander, has yet to be cast.

Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years before the original Star Trek series and will debut its premiere episode on CBS in May. The drama will then move exclusively to CBS' digital streaming service CBS All Access.

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Nov 30, 2016
I loved Doug Jones in Hellboy and since he is the master of the creature performers I'm sure he'll do great with the role however it ends up looking. Rapp was great in Rent and the Law and Order episode I saw him in once so it will be interesting to see what he does with this role.

I'm still not sold on the idea of yet another prequel series. I would have rather the network take a chance to add to the Star Trek universe by telling stories set after what we have seen before. Show new technology, show changes in the Federation by having someone like the Romulan's join, and discover new species. Doug Jones is supposed to be playing a new species yet if it is a prequel then why have we never seen or heard of them again.

The producers could really go for broke with it they want. Michael Dorn has wanted to bring back Worf for a while so why not give him a chance. Hell, bring Wil Wheaton back as an older and less annoying version of Wesley Crusher if he'd do it.
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Nov 29, 2016
I don't know what the writer's obsession is with making series before others but all it lends itself to is a host of plot holes as they never do enough research to allow everything to make sense. It'd be easier to have it set after everything we know with new alien species, etc. It's hard to explain how new aliens are debuted in this show and disappear for 5 generations after it unless they go extinct...
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Nov 30, 2016
They did the same with Star Trek: Enterprise. the Denobulans (Dr. Phlox), the Suliban (and I think there are others too I forget now) were introduced supposedly in the era of the "original" enterprise (NX-01) and the subsequent disappearance of these species in the following shows was never explained.
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Nov 30, 2016
It truly makes no sense. Not to mention all of the ships and technology looks way more advanced than the ones that supposedly came after it.
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