Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets
What we know from initial press releases, trailers and interviews with the cast and producers is that the Starfleet officers in the show are crew members from two different ships: the U.S.S. Shenzhou and the U.S.S. Discovery.
SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN is
Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham
The main character of the series. Commander Burnham is described as being First Officer of the Shenzhou under the command of Captain Philippa Georgiou. When the series starts she has been serving as Georgiou’s ‘Number One’ for seven years and is a xenoanthropologist, specialising in first contact with alien species. Controversially, it has been revealed that Michael was raised on Vulcan under the care of Ambassador Sarek (the father of the famous Mr Spock). She is the only human to have ever studied at the Vulcan Science Academy.
MICHELLE YEOH is
Captain Philippa Georgiou
Veteran actress and martial arts expert, Yeoh will be portraying Captain Philippa Georgiou, Captain of the starship Shenzhou. Georgiou is described as having a close relationship with Burnham and Yeoh has kept her Chinese-Malaysian accent for the role to emphasise the diversity of Starfleet.
JASON ISAACS (hello!) is
Captain Gabriel Lorca
Gabriel Lorca is Captain of the Discovery and is described as a “brilliant military tactician” with a, suggested at, destructive and damaged side to his personality. Isaacs has acted in everything from the Harry Potter film series to most recently the surreal scifi show The OA.
DOUG JONES is
Saru is a member of new species not previously seen in the Star Trek franchise called a Kelpien. Saru is portrayed by Doug Jones, who has acted in many sci-fi films and TV shows and will be seen on the big screen next year in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. Lieutenant Saru serves aboard the Discovery and is the first member of his species to leave his home planet and serve in Starfleet. Kelpiens are hunted as prey on their home world and so have evolved to sense mortal danger.
ANTHONY RAPP is
Lieutenant Paul Stamets
Lieutenant Paul Stamets is named after an actual American mycologist. A science officer specialising in astromycology AKA the study of fungi in space, he is also the first openly homosexual character in a Star Trek series and his relationship with his long-term partner, Hugh Culber, will be explored in Discovery.
WILSON CRUZ is
Culber is the Medical Officer aboard the Discovery and Stamets’ partner. He is played by Wilson Cruz, who if you were a teenager watching TV in the early 1990’s, you will remember starring in My So-Called Life.
SHAZAD LATIF as
Ash Tyler is a Starfleet Lieutenant and former prisoner of war. Through his character the series will potentially explore how war and trauma affect Starfleet officers and focus on the theme of PTSD.
MARY WISEMAN is
Newcomer Wiseman will play Silvia Tilly, a cadet close to completing her time at Starfleet Academy. She is assigned to the Discovery and becomes roommates with Michael Burnham.