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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ news: Series to be bigger and grittier than others

By Cris Valencia / 2017.04.05
Actress Sonequa Martin-Green attends SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic-Con 2015.

"Star Trek: Discover" star Sonequa Martian-Green said viewers can expect the series to be bigger and grittier than other installments. The actress plays Lt. Commander Michael Burnham in the upcoming series, who will also be the lead character.

In an interview with TVLine, she said the series will have a different take compared to its predecessors. This will be the first time that the series will explore the story away from the eyes of a captain. Martian-Green said this brings a new dynamic to the storytelling that is refreshing, thrilling and challenging altogether.

"This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon. It's going to be bigger, rawer and grittier... and the story's going to build on itself. It's going to be a tremendous journey," she said.

Previous "Star Trek" reiterations show an ideal version of the future where humanity interacts freely with other races in the universe in exploring the galaxy. The franchise has since been adapted for television and films and at times the show has explored darker stories in a serialized format.

"Star Trek: Discovery" is touted to be a "Star Trek" series of firsts with a first female African-American lead in Martin-Green and a first gay main character in the franchise in Science Officer Stamets to be played by Anthony Rapp. Other casts include Maulik Pancholy, Michelle Yeoh, Terry Serpico, Sam Vartholomeos and Jason Isaacs.

Elsewhere "The Office" alum Rainn Wilson has been announced has an addition to the ensemble. He will play Harry Mudd in the series. Mudd is one of the characters in the original "Star Trek." The character also made an appearance in an episode of "Star Trek: The Animated Series," Variety reported.

Bryan Fuller has since stepped down from the project as its showrunner but will stay as a producer. "Star Trek: Discovery" is slated to open later this year on CBS All Access. To know more about the upcoming series, watch the video below:

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