“Star Trek” fans are setting phasers to “excited” following today’s release of the first official trailer from “Star Trek Discovery”, along with new key art and first-look photos from the hugely anticipated series.
The latest entry in the “Trek” franchise — currently filming in Toronto — is set 10 years before the original “Star Trek” series. Scheduled to debut in fall 2017, CBS has also announced that it’s increased the episode order to 15, up from the previously announced 13 episodes.
“The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers,” reads the CBS synopsis, accompanied by the first official key art.
The upcoming series marks a shift in the format of the franchise’s previous shows, including the 1967 original and subsequent offerings such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Enterprise”, in that the adventures won’t be viewed from the perspective of the starship’s captain, but from the vantage point of its female First Officer (played by former “Walking Dead” star Sonequa Martin-Green).
“We’ve seen six series now from captains’ points of view and to see a character from a different perspective on a starship who has a different dynamic, relationship with the captain, with subordinates felt like it was going to give us richer context to have different types of stories with that character,” exec producer Bryan Fuller explained during a panel at the TV Critics Association press tour. “It is ensemble, but we do have that main female protagonist.”
Other members of the cast include Michelle Yeoh (playing Captain Georgiou), Doug Jones as Lt. Saru and Anthony Rapp as Lt. Staments, the first openly gay character in the franchise’s history.
Wednesday’s announcement also included the release of some never-before-seen photos from “Star Trek: Discovery”.