Star Trek Discovery Casting Recast

Star Trek: Discovery Recasts Klingon Amid Flurry of New Additions

Kenneth Mitchell will soon go where… well, where plenty of men have gone before.

The Astronaut Wives Club survivor will return to outer space in the long-awaited Star Trek: Discovery as part of a recast announced by CBS All Access.

Mitchell, whose TV credits also include Jericho and Frequency, is set to play Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. He thus replaces Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful), who will now fill the role of Starfleet Lieutenant Tyler.

In addition, Discovery has added three more actors to its ranks: Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica) as Commander Landry, security officer for the Discovery; and Damon Runyan (Degrassi) and Clare McConnell as Ujilli and Dennas, respectively, leaders in the Klingon Empire.

The ever-growing Discovery roster already includes Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as First Officer Michael Burnham, Jason Isaacs (The OA) as Captain Lorca, James Frain (True Blood) as Spock’s father Sarek, Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as Dr. Nambue and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as captain of the U.S.S. Shenzhou, among others.

The oft-delayed new Trek series is expected to launch “sometime [in] late summer, early fall,” CBS chairman Les Moonves told investors in February. Discovery was originally set for a January debut, then May, before being pushed back again.

Have at it, Trekkies: What do you think of this latest Star Trek: Discovery casting news?

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22 Comments
  1. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    They’ve been hiring people for over six months. Are they ever going to start filming this thing? It’s already starting to smell a little ripe.

  2. Haz says:

    This show is starting to sound like TVs version of Avatar.

  3. Television says:

    This needs to be scrapped. Start over with creators who were working on the good star trek shows, start the show in the timeline of after the TNG movies and DS9 and VOY ended. Pick up there and continue the story with the same style as these shows that were POPULAR and show what happens after those. We don’t need a reimagining of these great shows. We need a continuation of these stories.

    • Simon says:

      Yeah, that’s the thing most fans would like to see, I’d wager. We’ve had enough of Klingon vs federation, frankly. Or at least, we’ve seen already seen this exact iteration of it before.

  4. Cat says:

    Maybe they’re stalling because they can’t find enough subscribers wanting to pay $6 per month to watch it on CBS All Access…I’m a HUGE Star Trek fan, but I won’t subscribe…I pay enough for programming as it is now!

    • Simon says:

      I’m not sure that is very much of a problem – they’ve already entered deals to distribute it through Netflix in every country except the US

  5. Song4Ten says:

    First of all, there are too many Klingons. Secondly, what time frame is this supposed to be set in? Sarek dies in The Next Generation, so is this set before that show or what?

  6. Really!?! says:

    I am waiting to see if they are going to try and reinvent ST like the recent movies. If so, I will not be watching no matter who is in it, just like the recent movies.

  7. Douglas from Brazil says:

    I think this is the blind item.

    • chiguy79 says:

      Can’t imagine CBS trying to sell this off for pennies on the dollar when it was meant to be one of the flagships to attract viewers to the All Access service.

    • JL says:

      How could it be the show mentioned there? It clearly says “the [cable or broadcast] network behind the ambitious project tried mightily to pawn off the entire first season on one of the big streamers at a steep discount”, which makes no sense at all for a show that was never meant to be shown on TV to begin with!

  8. JJ says:

    This is shaping up to be a disaster (although to be fair Westworld looked like one too and turned out great). Watch for the writers strike to delay production further. By the time this thing gets on the air it may be a period piece.

    • Temperance says:

      Westworld never looked like a ‘disaster’ from anything that I read, and it turned out fine. I have a lot more concerns about focus and scope with this new show. I don’t like that it’s on some bizarre pay channel I’ll never buy in a million years (CBS, in general, doesn’t have programming that I like). The new series seems to be a giant, unfocused, sprawling mess and a retread of old Trek we don’t really want. A post-TNG five-year mission – perhaps a mission to see what’s on the far side of the Romulan Star Empire might be interesting.

  9. Ben says:

    How low can they go?….
    After watching a recent episode of a new late-night series I was struck by how mind-numbingly simple the plot was. In fact, nearly every new show these days seems to have been “dumbed down” (..”Sherlock” of BBC fame exempted) to the point where the target audience of the Teletubbies would not be challenged. Can’t help but wonder if ST Discovery will follow suit. Looks like I’ll have to restock my library and sell the OLD IDIOT BOX…!

  10. Jerri says:

    I wonder if this is the Blind Item.

  11. Degra says:

    I keep hoping with all the setbacks and delays thtat Star Trek discovery ultimately goes nowhere and a different team and series is created in its place. Trek belongs in the future. I’m tired of all the TOS worship. ENT I could understand as trying to do something different as the fifth series by going back before the Federation and seeing the Alpha Quadrant in a much more chaotic time frame leading to the federation but ever since then whether the Horrible Abrams Star Trek reboot or Discovery there has been this ridiculous love affair to either redo TOS or take place in its vicinity which in my opinion has hurt Trek

    The most successful spinoff was TNG and it wisely realized it needed to forge new ground and not rely on TOS. Even Gene Roddenberry didn’t want vulcans andorians and other TOS elements used on TNG. Tng stayed true to being it’s own thing building on what came before as well as creating its own new aliens. The second most popular spinoff DS9 did much the same. Creating it’s own thing having almost zilch to do with TOS. But it seems like every person nowadays who gets their hands on Trek wants to do TOS or bring in familiar TOS elements like Sarek. I’d much prefer the new series be set a century after TNG so the creators aren’t restricted because of continuity as well as seeing the geopolitical changes that have occurred. Plus it allows them to create new races without having to worry why we hadn’t heard of them before

  12. George says:

    This is the blind item hot mess they tried to drop on a streamer for pennies on the dollar, isn’t it? C’mon, fess up! :)

  13. TVLineCommentator says:

    just blame Brannon Braga and Rick Berman