Doug Jones and Michelle Yeoh will join Rapp in the new series, which will premiere in May 2017 on CBS All Access, CBS Television Network’s subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. Rapp will star as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Starship Discovery, with Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe, and Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou.
The series, according to CBS, will feature “a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.”
Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.
Rapp, most recently on Broadway in the musical If/Then, was among those responsible for the first-ever BroadwayCon, which returns January 27–29, 2017, at the Javits Center. Co-presented by Playbill, Mischief Management, and Rapp, the one-of-a-kind weekend includes panels, performances, one-on-one star moments, seminars, autograph and photo sessions, a booming Marketplace, and other activities. Click here for more information about BroadwayCon.