As we get closer to the September 24th premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, more and more little bits of information and promotional elements are being released about the show. Yesterday we shared the new web trailer, but there are a few more bits since then, including some info on Voq, new character animations, and some behind-the-scenes photos.
A bit more about Voq – but who is the actor?
Two weeks ago we reported on 11 new Star Trek: Discovery character ‘eye’ posters, one of which was of a new Klingon character named Voq. CBS hasn’t released any details about Voq, but this morning CBS posted a new character video of Voq, with the info that he is a warrior from the House of T’Kuvma (played by Chris Obi).
As we reported from Star Trek Las Vegas, not all the Klingons on the show are in the same house. Kol, played by Kenneth Mitchell, is from the House of Kor, and Mary Chieffo says her character L’Rell is from two houses, T’Kuvma and Mo’Kai.
There is a bit of a mystery about who plays Voq. He is the only character who has garnered his own promotional poster but never had a casting announcement, unlike the other Klingon characters like Chris Obi (T’Kuvma), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), Clare McConnell (Dennas) and Damon Runyan (Ujilli).
There is some online speculation that Kol is played by Sam Witwer (Battlestar Galactica, Being Human USA). Witwer, who played a Xindi-Arboreal on Star Trek: Enterprise in the episode “The Shipment,” happens to be a big Star Trek fan and is friends with both Kenneth Mitchell and Discovery producer Ted Sullivan. At Star Trek Las Vegas, Mitchell revealed that Witwer helped him prepare for his role by showing him various episodes featuring Klingons, and Sullivan has tweeted about how he and Witwer talk Trek via text. Even William Shatner got in on the speculation about whether or not Witwer will be on the show. (He did not get an answer.)
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 3, 2017
More character animations
Ted’s behind-the-scenes adventure
Discovery co-executive producer Ted Sullivan has taken a lot of photos on the set, but due to secrecy he hasn’t been able to share them. For the last few months, he’s been posting behind-the-scenes images from past Star Trek shows and movies instead. But it seems CBS has now given Ted the green light to start sharing some actual photos from the Discovery set on social media. Here is what he posted this week on Twitter.
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) August 18, 2017
According to Trek lore, both Captain Jonathan Archer (ENT) and Commander Data (TNG) were known to have been awarded the Starfleet’s Star Cross medal.
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) August 15, 2017
Based on this tweet featuring director Adam Kane, it appears that Ted took this photo during production on the second episode (or part 2 of the pilot episode).
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) August 16, 2017
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) August 17, 2017
You may recognize the yellow room from the first trailer which showed Michael Burnham on the bed in what we now know to be the sickbay. It could be as a result of the damaged EVA suit, as we saw her floating unconscious in space with a cracked helmet in the second trailer.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.