“Star Trek: Discovery” has cast Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo as Klingon warriors, TheWrap has confirmed.
Chris Obi will star as T’Kuvma, the Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses. Latif will star as Kol, the Commanding Officer of the Klingons and protégé of T’Kuvma. Mary Chieffo will star as L’Rell, the Battle Deck Commander of the Klingon ship.
Obi has been on a hot streak of late, appearing in the History reboot of “Roots” and the upcoming Starz series “American Gods.” He will also appear next year in Scarlett Johansson’s “Ghost in the Shell.”
Latif is best known to American audiences as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful” and “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Chieffo is a relative newcomer, having appeared in a series of independent films and shorts.
The series also recently cast Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones and Michelle Yeoh in key roles. The new “Star Trek” series is due to start filming soon in Toronto, and will premiere in May on CBS’ streaming platform, CBS All Access. It was originally scheduled to debut in January.
Most recently, Bryan Fuller left his post as showrunner, with executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts taking his place.
As originally planned, the premiere episode of “Discovery” will air on CBS, with all subsequent episodes available in the U.S. exclusively on CBS All Access. Each episode of the series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere, presented on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media platforms in Canada.
“Star Trek: Discovery” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment.
Kurtzman, Fuller, Heather Kadin, Berg, Harberts, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.