Star Trek: Discovery Co-creator and Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman shared his thoughts recently about the casting of Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, and Anthony Rapp for the new series.
First, Kurtzman teased a bit about Yeoh’s role. “I will not give you one detail about the show other than to tell you that I think that Michelle gets to play a part that has so many dimensions to it and is so perfect for where we want to go over the course of the season and maybe even beyond,” he said.
Kurtzman was full of praise for Jones, who will play the alien science officer Lt. Saru. “Doug Jones, you know, one of the greatest. What he did in Pan’s Labyrinth has embedded itself in my mind forever,” said Kurtzman. “So when you think about the opportunity, what you want to do when you’re creating a creature of some kind is cast an actor who has the ability to pull off the bulk of it in a practical way.”
As for Rapp, who plays science officer Lt. Stamets, “I’ve been a fan of Anthony’s for a long time,” said Kurtzman. “He’s just a brilliant actor. It’s always just about how do you find actors who are, it’s always who’s right for the part, but it’s also there’s a lovely diversity that Star Trek has always been about. As we build the cast, because there are still a lot of parts to cast, we were excited that people seemed to be so excited about our first three choices.”