The new show boasts a darker, more modern take on Star Trek, complete with complex characters who disagree, change and potentially die throughout an evolving serialized arc.
"I'm excited for what this show represents and for what I truly hope it will do," says Sonequa Martin-Green , who plays First Officer Michael Burnham, the first black woman to headline a Star Trek series.
The original series, after all, cast a black woman, Nichelle Nichols , as Lt. Nyota Uhura, the Enterprise's communications officer, and a Japanese-American man, George Takei , as Lt. Hikaru Sulu, the ship's helmsman.
Commander of the USS Shenzhou, Georgiou's ready room features shadow puppets called wayang kulit, a nod to Yeoh's Malaysian heritage .
Co-showrunners Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg began production and casting for "Discovery" before the 2016 US presidential election and shot the pilot less than a week after President Donald Trump's inauguration in January.
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