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Star Trek: Discovery Casts Hellboy’s Doug Jones, RENT Alum Anthony Rapp

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Star Trek: Discovery Casts Hellboy’s Doug Jones, RENT Alum Anthony Rapp

"Star Trek's" new USS Discovery, from CBS's first-look video

So far as casting goes, the highly-anticipated CBS All Access show “Star Trek: Discovery” is kicking into warp speed. Hot on the heels of the news that Michelle Yeoh would join the cast as the Starship Shenzhou’s Captain Georgiou, Deadline announced two more actors for the show: Doug Jones, known for playing Ape Sapien in the “Hellboy” movies as well as the Pale Man in “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and Anthony Rapp, a member of the original “RENT” cast who appeared most recently as “The Knick’s” Doctor Thurman Drexler.

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Both actors have been cast as Starfleet Science Officers. Jones, who has a history of playing non-human characters and often appears in heavy make-up, is set to play Lt. Saru, an alien from a previously unseen species in the “Star Trek” universe. Rapp is due to play Lt. Stamets, an expert in space fungus. Intriguingly, of the three characters announced thus far, only Lt. Stamets has been described as a crew member on the show’s titular vessel, the U.S.S. Discovery.

Deadline also notes that the series lead — who is presumably the captain of the Discovery — has not yet been cast, but it does indicate that she will also be a woman and that the show’s makers are “getting close to casting her.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” is currently slated for a May 2017 premiere.

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