The official Star Trek website confirms that, ‘Jones will play Lt. Saru, a Starfleet science officer and an alien species new to the Star Trek universe. He is a respected actor with a large following of sci-fi and horror fans as a result of his creature performances in the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, Legion, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Strain.
‘Yeoh is set to play Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet captain aboard the starship Shenzhou. She is an internationally known actress and action star whose many credits include Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
‘Rapp will beam aboard as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert and Starfleet science officer on the starship Discovery. He is best known for his stage work in such Broadway productions as Rent, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and If/Then, and also counts among his films credits School Ties, A Beautiful Mind and Rent.’
Some had though that when Yeoh was first rumoured a few days ago, she would be the show’s main character, as Fuller had said the show would be seen through a female character’s eyes, who won’t be the captain. However it doesn’t appear Yeoh will be that character, unless the announcement she’s the captain of another starship hides the fact she’s end up on the Discovery and no longer a captain.
Not too much more is known about Rapp’s character, although it has been confirmed that Stamets will be gay. Whether he’s in a relationship isn’t known, or indeed how his sexuality will figure into the series. We’ll have to wait another six months to find out!
The series will be available to stream via CBS: All Access in US and Netflix in the rest of the world next May.