'Star Trek: Discovery' cast news, air date: Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp join cast; series to feature nudity?

(Facebook/StarTrekCBS)"Star Trek: Discovery" will premiere on CBS All Access in May 2017.

The cast of "Star Trek: Discovery" is slowly taking shape with each passing day. As of late, three cast members have been confirmed to be part of the series, which will include a gay character.

It was first reported by ComingSoon.net that Michelle Yeoh had signed on for the show. However, at the time, it was not clear which character Yeoh would be playing. Known for her work in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and Netflix's "Marco Polo," Yeoh's inclusion was revealed by consulting producer Nicholas Meyer.

"I know Michelle Yeoh is in it," Meyer told the publication.

It has since been confirmed that Yeoh would be playing Starfleet Captain Georgiou, who commands the Starship Shenzhou.

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Apart from Yeoh, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp have also been tapped to play Lt. Saru and Lt. Stamets, respectively. Lt. Stamets, the series' new gay character, is a crew member of the Starship Discovery. He works as a Starfleet Science Officer, and is also both a fungus expert and an astromycologist. Lt. Saru, on the other hand, is likewise a Starfleet Science Officer, but is a new alien species previously unknown in the "Star Trek" franchise. It is unclear if Lt. Saru will also be aboard the Starship Discovery.

"Star Trek: Discovery" will not air on broadcast television; instead, it will air on CBS All Access, the network's online digital streaming service. CEO Jim Lanzone previously told Recode Media why the show did not make it on TV.

"Sci-fi is not something that has traditionally done really well on broadcast. It's not impossible, for the future, if somebody figures it out. But historically, a show like 'Star Trek' wouldn't necessarily be a broadcast show, at this point," he said.

On the bright side, being released online means that the show's content will not be subject to the FCC's rules. Thus, this will give the new showrunners more freedom to explore and feature things like nudity and profanity.

"Star Trek: Discovery" will premiere on CBS All Access in May 2017.

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