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'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals first three cast members

'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals first three cast members
The official logo of "Star Trek: Discovery," which premieres in May on CBS All Access and CBS Television Network. (CBS Television Studios)

Both Trekkies and Trekkers alike have reason to rejoice Tuesday with the announcement of the first three cast members of CBS All Access' upcoming series "Star Trek: Discovery."

Though the casting was rumored last week, Tuesday's announcement confirmed that "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star Michelle Yeoh would be serving as a Starfleet captain.

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Yeoh's character, Captain Georgiou, operates aboard the Starship Shenzhou.

Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh (CBS Television Studios)

Also joining the cast is Doug Jones, an actor whose prior experience as a contortionist fuels much of his acting style. Jones is best known for performing under heavy prosthetic makeup in several Guillermo del Toro films, including “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy,” as well as stints on the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Strain.”

For "Discovery," Jones will play Lt. Saru, a Starfleet science officer and a new, though unspecified, alien species to the Star Trek universe.

Doug Jone
Doug Jone (CBS Television Studios)

Anthony Rapp, best known for originating and later reprising the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway musical "Rent," will also star in "Discovery."

Rapp will play Lt. Stamets, a science officer who specializes in astromycology, which is a fancy way to say that he's very into space mushrooms. Lt. Stamets will serve aboard the eponymous Starship Discovery.

Anthony Rapp
Anthony Rapp (Lisette M. Azar / CBS)

There is still plenty of casting news yet to come, including the reveal of who will be starring as the series' female lead.

"Star Trek: Discovery" is scheduled to debut in May with Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg,  Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth on board as executive producers.

Berg and Harberts will also serve as showrunners on the series, taking over for Fuller, who stepped down from the position in October.

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