Production begins on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and beams aboard five new crew members to boldly go where no one has gone before…
Some eight months after its original announcement, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is ready to disembark from Space Dock. The U.S.S Enterprise has had a fresh coat of paint. The warp nacelles have had an overhaul, and new crew members are beaming aboard; ready to boldly go where no one has gone before.
As revealed today by Paramount+, the new Original Series prequel adventures of the Enterprise crew have officially begun production. And five new series regulars will be joining Anson Mount (Captain Pike), Ethan Peck (Mr. Spock), and Rebecca Romijn (Number One) on the bridge. Read on for the official press release:
TO BOLDLY GO
March 12, 2021 – Paramount+, the new streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced five new cast members joined the upcoming Original Series STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. Babs Olusanmokun (“Black Mirror,” “Dune”), Christina Chong (“Tom and Jerry,” “Black Mirror”), Celia Rose Gooding (“Jagged Little Pill”), Jess Bush (“Skinford,” “Les Norton”) and Melissa Navia (“Dietland,” “Billions”) will join as series regulars. A teaser video featuring the series’ cast was also released today, announcing that production on the series is officially underway in Toronto, Canada.
“In a career, there is never enough work that is pure joy. I feel that my friend Alex Kurtzman along with David Stapf at CBS Studios and Julie McNamara at Paramount+ have given me just that by letting me haunt the stock rooms of my favorite candy store and I am grateful,” said Akiva Goldsman, co-showrunner and executive producer of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. “With a hell of a cast and undying love for the original series, we boldly go.”
HENRY ALONSO MYERS
“I’m incredibly grateful to be working alongside Akiva and our brilliant, multi-faceted cast to help bring the adventures of the Starship Enterprise to new life,” said Henry Alonso Myers, co-showrunner and executive producer of STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS. “For someone who’s been dreaming of spaceships and alien worlds since I was little, this show is a dream come true.”
Babs Olusanmokun’s notable television credits include his roles in Netflix’s “Black Mirror,” Marvel’s “The Defenders,” HBO’s Emmy-winning miniseries “The Night Of” and History’s 2016 remake of the miniseries “Roots.” His film credits include the upcoming and highly anticipated “Dune” and “Wrath of Man.”
Christina Chong can currently be seen in the live-action adaption of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon, “Tom and Jerry”. And in The CW’s “Bulletproof.” Chong’s other television credits include “Black Mirror,” “Doctor Who,” the BBC’s “Ill Behaviour”. The ABC event mini-series “Of Kings and Prophets,” the hit BBC series “Line of Duty,” SYFY’s “Dominion,” “Halo: Nightfall” and Fox’s event `mini-series “24: Live Another Day.” Film credits include “Christmas Eve,” opposite Patrick Stewart, and “Johnny English: Reborn.”
Celia Rose Gooding starred as Frankie Healy in “Jagged Little Pill”. A musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s award-winning album, until the Broadway shutdown in 2021, and received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work. Past theater roles also include “Urinetown” and “Fame.”
Jess Bush starred as Helen in the indie feature “Skinford” and appeared in the recurring guest role of Kendall in the Channel 10 series “Playing for Keeps.” Bush also played the role of Bella in the Australian series “Halifax – Retribution.” In addition, Bush went on to guest star on the ABC series “Les Norton” opposite Rebel Wilson and David Wenham.
Melissa Navia’s recent television credits include a recurring role on AMC’s critically acclaimed series “Dietland”. And guest roles on Showtime’s “Billions” and “Homeland.” In March 2020, she made her Off-Broadway debut in the much-applauded “Bundle of Sticks” at INTAR Theatre.
Who will these fine new additions to the cast be playing remains a mystery. Paramount+ is keeping their cards very close to the chest on this one. Furthermore, the streamer has not confirmed whether the bridge crew seen in Discovery Season 2 will be involved. But Trek fans cast rest safe in the knowledge that the Enterprise has departed Space Dock and is now on course for new adventures.
But if that isn’t enough to have you dancing around the warp core. Paramount+ shared a cool cast video celebrating the kick-off of production at the CBS Studios facility in Toronto. Check it out:
This is wonderful news. And I defy anyone not to have the hairs on the back of their neck stand on end when the Star Trek theme hits. The premiere episode of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is penned by Akiva Goldsman who is also the series showrunner. And the series is being written by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet. The series will release sometime in 2022.
Until then, maintain an orbit around Future Of The Force. We’ll be bringing you the latest news on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as it breaks.
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