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‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ CBS’ new series, casts its Klingons

Chris Obi will play T'Kuvma, a Klingon, in

Chris Obi will play T'Kuvma, a Klingon, in "Star Trek: Discovery." Credit: CBS / Lisette M. Azar

“Star Trek: Discovery” has cast its Klingons. CBS Television Studios announced Monday that Chris Obi (Starz’s upcoming “American Gods”) will play T’Kuvma, the Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses; Shazad Latif (Dr. Jekyll on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”) his protégé, Klingon Commanding Officer Kol; and Mary Chieffo will play L’Rell, battle deck commander of the Klingon ship.

While the alien race was an antagonist in NBC’s 1966-69 “Star Trek” and an ally in the 1987-94 syndicated sequel, CBS did not specify their relationship with the United Federation of Planets on the new show, which takes places roughly a decade before the events of the original.

It is scheduled to premiere in May on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming and video-on-demand service.

On Nov. 29, CBS announced the first three actors to be cast on the show. Doug Jones (“Falling Skies,” the “Hellboy” films) will play Lt. Saru, an alien Starfleet science officer. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star Michelle Yeoh plays Capt. Georgiou of the Starship Shenzhou. And Broadway star Anthony Rapp (“Rent,” “If/Then”) plays Starfleet science officer Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, or space-fungus expert, aboard the Starship Discovery, and reportedly the franchise’s first original character to be conceived of as gay.

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