Casting news for 2017's "Star Trek: Discovery" continues to pour in at warp speed. CBS on Monday announced the addition of three new cast members who will play Klingons in the new show, which takes place before the original series. (Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company.)
The Klingons are Chris Obi ("American Gods"), Shazad Latif ("Penny Dreadful") and Mary Chieffo (known for her stage work). Obi takes on the role of T'Kuvma, a Klingon leader focused on uniting the various Klingon houses. Latif plays Kol, T'Kuvma's protege. Chieffo steps in as L'Rell, a battle deck commander on a Klingon vessel.
In case you've been hiding in a worm hole, Klingons are an alien warrior species known for their honor, battle skills and occasional skirmishes (or cooperation) with Starfleet ships and crew.
Earlier casting announcements included "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou of the Starship Shenzhou, Anthony Rapp as openly gay astromycologist Lt. Stamets and Doug Jones from "Hellboy" as Starfleet science officer Lt. Saru. We are still waiting to find out the rest of the cast for "Discovery."
One of the biggest questions surrounding Klingons in "Discovery" is what their makeup will look like. The original series featured very human-looking Klingons while later film and television efforts highlighted forehead ridges and alien features. This discrepancy was explored in a couple episodes of the prequel series "Enterprise," which explained the original-series Klingon appearance as the work of a virus.
"Star Trek: Discovery" will air through the CBS All Access streaming service in May 2017, and through Netflix in certain countries.