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3 Klingon characters join the cast of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

The new series is set 10 years before the original ‘Star Trek.’


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Three new cast members have joined the Star Trek: Discovery team, playing Klingon characters.

British actor Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful‘s Dr. Jekyll) will play Klingon commanding officer Kol, according to a new report from Deadline. He is joined by Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, the battle deck commander of Kol’s ship, and Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, a Klingon political leader.

Variety describes T’Kuvma as Kol’s mentor, a leader who seeks to unite the perennially feuding Klingon houses. This follows earlier hints that Klingons will play a much greater role in Discovery than in previous series. Kol’s Klingon ship appears to play an important part in the show, alongside the Starfleet ships Discovery and Shenzhou, which is helmed by Michelle Yeoh’s character, Captain Georgiou.

This brings the Discovery cast up to six, following the casting announcements for Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, and Anthony Rapp last month. The show is set to premiere in May on CBS before moving online to CBS All Access.

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