Wednesday, 30 November 2016

First Star Trek: Discovery cast announced

The first three members of the Star Trek: Discovery cast have been announced. The news confirms the rumour of Michelle Yeoh as captain of the starship Shenzhou (although named Georgiou rather than Han Bo), plus two members of the USS Discovery crew, including confirmation of the previously rumoured new alien, Lieutenant Saru. CBS have released brief character descriptions of all three:

 Michelle Yeoh will star as “Captain Georgiou,” the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou.
Yeoh is probably best known for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and its recent sequel. She has also appeared in manye other films, including the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and a few TV roles, including Marco Polo.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Michelle Yeoh cast as captain on Discovery

Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Actress Michelle Yeoh has been reported as the first known cast member of Star Trek:Discovery. According to Deadline, she will play Captain Han Bo of the starship Shenzhou, which will apparently "play a big role in Discovery‘s first season".

Yoeh has an extensive filmography, probably best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and its recent sequel. She has also appeared in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, and a few TV roles, including Marco Polo.

The casting has not been officially announced yet, but several leading trade press sites have reported the news, citing insider sources, after ComingSoon.net originally broke the story.

According to Variety, the lead role, a female first officer, remains uncast:
...casting has been underway, CBS has been looking for a younger, African-American or Latina actress. The network is not seeking a huge star and would prefer a fresh face for the part.

The casting process for the lead role has spanned more than three months at this point and the show is having difficulty settling on a star.
Between Yeoh, and the intended Number One, it looks like a promising start to a diverse and representative cast, here's hoping that continues as the rest of the cast shapes up.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Star Trek Cats, and other quirky new books

Do you like cats? And Star Trek? Then this is the book you've been waiting for! Due out in February from Chronicle Books, is Star Trek Cats, a curious new take on TOS from illustrator Jenny Parks. Amazon recently added a listing, complete with cover and blurb:

Captain's log: We have entered a galaxy where beloved illustrator Jenny Parks has conjured an astonishingly vivid homage to the original Star Trek series with an unexpected twist: a cast of cats. Featuring a hilarious new take on iconic characters and scenes—from Kirk in the Captain's chair to Spock offering his Vulcan wisdom—this eye-opening adventure stays true to the tone of the classic TV show. Playful, loving, and from a strange new world, Star Trek Cats is the perfect gift for fans of, well, Star Trek and cats.
But that's not all, continue after the jump for a look at a couple more quirky new Trek books on the way.