Star Trek Discovery – April Update
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There was some alarm in the media and among fans over past few weeks that show might be cancelled.
Rest assured, that is not the case. However, there are some concerns that need to be addressed, Anyhow all this in April’s update.
Star Trek Discovery is a new Star Trek series being planned by CBS and Netflix, It’ll air in the US on CBS all Access, and in Canada it’ll air with Bell Media, presumably on CTV, Canadians Television Network. For the rest of the world Star Trek Discovery will air on Netflix. There’s no air date yet, but I am betting it’ll be in mid-September, between 15th and 25th.
Filming on 3rd episode is almost at an end, and 4th episode is in pre-production, filming should start in early May and be done within two-three weeks. Episode 5 will also be filmed in May, probably mid-May.
The show will be the most expensive Star trek or Sci-Fi series ever aired on TV, first season is projected to cost $110 million. This includes $25 million two hour pilot and 12 episodes, just over $7 million per episode for total of $85 million. CGI in new Star Trek Discovery better be really good.
Originally Bryan Fuller was a showrunner, however due to his commitments on other major series, he had to step down as a showrunner. Fuller handed reigns to his colleagues Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Bryan Fuller might take over in later seasons as a show runner when his schedule clears a bit. However, we now know why Bryan Fuller resigned, it was cause CBS was moving too slowly and things were really chaotic at CBS. Which is really sad, because Bryan is a true Trekkie and believes in the show, he might return in for 2nd season. He is too big the name to ignore in TV business.
Most of the pre-production and post-production is done at Pinewood studios in Toronto, with some of the CGI work done here in London. Casting and management remains in Los Angeles.
Discovery Crew finally is complete.
Captain: Jason Isaacs, he’ll play Captain of USS Discovery. If you watched Hatty Poter or Black Hawk Down, Peter Pan, Soldiers… you’ll be familiar with Jason Isaacs, if not, time to watch these before you tune in to Star Trek Discovery.
Sonequa Martin-Green is 2nd in command and she is cast as Rainsford: The lieutenant commander on the USS Discovery. She’ll play main role in 1st season, however this is a Star Trek, so there’s never main role in this show.
Anthony Rapp who will play Lieutenant Stamets Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Starship Discovery. Anthony Rapp is openly gay actor and he played the title role in Broadway Musical “The Rent” and follow up film. Rapp’s character is also openly gay, and this will be the first time in any of the Star Trek series as well.
Mary Wiseman will also be joining the cast as Cadet Tilly, a Starfleet cadet joining the Starship Discovery
Doug Jones will play Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe, those who followed Falling Skies will be familiar with Cochise, Volm alien who was helping the humans fight off the Espheni Aliens who occupied Earth.
So there are some changes to casting, the changes or re-casting - Shazads Latif who supposed to play Klingon commander, will now play Federation Lieutenant on USS Discovery. He’ll play Lt Tyler on-board of USS Discovery.
Rekha Sharma will star as Commander Landry, Starship Discovery’s security officer. Battlestar Galactica fans, should take note here!
Crew of Starship Shenzhou
Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng a Chinese-Malaysian actress, best known for performing her roles in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, playing Wai Lin, and the Chinese-language martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Michelle will play Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou
Maulik Pancholy, another brit actor is to play Dr. Nambue, chief medical officer on USS Shenzhou
Sam Vartholomeos is a junior officer on Starship USS Shenzhou.
Terry Serpico known for support role in Purge, the 5th Wave, limitless, will play Admiral Anderson, High ranking admiral in the Starfleet.