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We already knew that Michelle Yeoh was a part of the cast, but CBS made it official on Tuesday, along with the addition of two other actors that’ll pad out what is shaping up to be an amazing cast.

Doug Jones, mostly known for his work in makeup as Abe Sapien from the Hellboy series and as Fauno and the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth will be playing Lt. Saru, a Starfleet science officer. As is typical for Jones, he’ll be playing a new alien species to the Star Trek universe.

Also added to the cast is Anthony Rapp, best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent. He’ll be playing Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist and other Starfleet science officer who specializes in fungi.

Both Saru and Stamets will be aboard the starship Discovery.

Rapp’s casting confirms one of the promises that Bryan Fuller made before leaving as its showrunner. Fuller had said the creators would be following in the original’s tradition of pushing diversity and would “absolutely” feature a gay character. According to Entertainment Weekly, Stamets will be that character.

“So proud to be a part of this journey,” Rapp said on Twitter. “I’m a longtime fan and super geek of the highest order.”

Other characters that are expected to be announced include a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor, Hollywood Reporter sources said.

Yeoh’s participation in the cast came out last week, but her role was unknown. We speculated that it was possible she was playing the lead, but it turns out that she’ll be playing Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet captain aboard the starship Shenzhou.

Star Trek: Discovery is set to launch in May 2017.

Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp to Join Michelle Yeoh in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ | Television | Geek.com

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