Federation Starship U.S.S. Discovery is bound for San Diego Comic-Con.
As the biggest event on the industry’s calendar begins to draw near, CBS has unveiled its Comic-Con plans for Star Trek: Discovery, the long-brewing TV series that is now on course for a premiere on Sunday, September 24th. Set some 10 years before the rip-roaring adventures of Spock and Kirk, Discovery is a tale that grew in the telling, and it’s understood the Powers That Be over at CBS have decided to split their bold sci-fi series into two distinct parts, with the first stretching for eight episodes in total. The remaining seven episodes will then light up the small screen in January of 2018.
So far, so tantalizing. As one of the more high-profile freshman dramas lining the fall 2017 slate, Star Trek: Discovery is expected to have a big presence at SDCC, and it’s now been confirmed that the show’s ensemble cast will be making their first public appearance when Discovery‘s panel begins Saturday, July 22nd at 2:30 pm PT.
Rainn Wilson has agreed to moderate said panel, and will also guest-star in the series as intergalactic criminal, Harry Mudd. Those Trekkies attending SDCC this weekend can also keep their peepers peeled for a special Star Trek-themed event at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery, along with a replica of the famous Captain’s Chair on the show floor.
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Front and center for Star Trek: Discovery is Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead), who plays the part of First Officer Michael Burnham. She’ll be at the forefront of an enviable ensemble cast, too,, and while series producer Alex Kurtzman (The Mummy) has been busy teasing the possibility of big-name cameos, we know Discovery’s roster of talent already includes the likes of Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Shaza Latif, Clare McConnell, Kenneth Mitchell, Maulik Pancholy, Anthony Rapp, Damon Runyan, and Terry Serpico.
Star Trek: Discovery is locked in for a premiere on September 24th. From that point on, CBS’ sci-fi reboot will switch over to the network’s All-Access subscription service.