Star Trek: Discovery will feature plenty of cameos by famous celebrity Star Trek fans. Star Trek has been without a presence on television since Enterprise went off the air all the way back in 2005. While the franchise was kept alive through movies, games, books and of course in reruns/re-issues of all the many series, efforts were being made to bring the ultimate television sci-fi property back to the small screen, somewhere, somehow.
This fall the Star Trek-less condition of television – or at the very least, the streaming side of television – is set to be remedied with the debut of Star Trek: Discovery, a series that will follow the exploits of a starship and her crew in a time period set 10 years before the original 1960s Star Trek. Excitement is high for the arrival of Discovery, and that excitement is actually opening up intriguing casting opportunities for the show.
The main cast of Star Trek: Discovery has already been introduced, including Sonequa Martin-Green of The Walking Dead fame, Asian cinema superstar Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs as the Discovery captain (not the main character of the series, in an interesting twist) and Rainn Wilson as memorable TOS character Harry Mudd. According to series producer Alex Kurtzman in an interview with Collider, the cast could be joined along the way by some famous faces who happen to be big Star Trek fans:
“So many actors are fans. We literally got a list of them that were like, ‘Here are people who said they want to be on Star Trek’. It was awesome… To just be in an episode or come in or out.”
One example of a well-known actor who’s expressed interest in doing a Discovery cameo is Andrew Lincoln, Martin-Green’s former TWD co-star, who says he’d like to play an alien. Williams Shatner has also expressed interest in doing a cameo, opening up the possibility of a time-traveling old Captain Kirk showing up on the series (or maybe he’d like to blow up expectations and play a character other than Kirk, which would be pretty wild). Leonard Nimoy is no longer with us but his family say they are open to the idea of a CG version of Nimoy’s Spock appearing on the show a la Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
One presumes there’s also the possibility of a well-known Trekkie showing up on the series in complete disguise, much as Daniel Craig popped into Star Wars: The Force Awakens totally hidden inside a Stormtrooper costume. At the very least, the promise of celebrity cameos should add a little extra intrigue to Star Trek: Discovery when it finally hits CBS All Access.
Not that Trek fans need the extra inducement to hit up the streaming service and watch more Star Trek. It’s been a long time since Trek was available in episodic series form, and for a lot of folks, the new run of movies just don’t cut the mustard. And how many times can you re-watch Star Trek: Deep Space One on Netflix?
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Fall 2017 on CBS All Access.