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Bryan Fuller shared some details about Star Trek Discovery

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Star Trek Discovery showrunner, Bryan Fuller, has been talking about the new show. He revealed that the show will focus on a female lead character — likely played by an actor with a “level of diversity” — who will be a lieutenant commander on a starship.

He said that the show will be a “novel over 13 episodes,” which hints at a very serialized storyline instead of an episodic one. He had this to say about the set up for the show.

There’s an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored. To do this series, we’re telling a much more serialized story, to dig deep into a very tantalizing storyline. And we have a character who’s on a journey, and in order to understand something that is alien, she first has to understand herself.

Any thoughts on what the incident and event could be? Fuller did say it wasn’t the Romulan War.



The show is set in the Prime Universe ( the timeline of the original shows, not the J.J. Abrams reboot films), about a decade before Captain Kirk’s five-year mission.

We can redefine the visual style. We get to play with all of the iconography of those ships and that universe. Since we are doing this series in 2016, and all of the other series have been produced [at a time that] isn’t as sophisticated as we are now with what we can do production-wise, we’re going to be reestablishing an entire look for the series — not only for the series, but for what we wanted to accomplish with Star Trek beyond this series.

There’s so much about the history that once we get through this first season and establish our own Star Trek universe with the crew that going to be reimagining a lot of Star Trek elements, we’ll be looking in the second season to open up to more familiar characters and how they can feed into the [show]. First and foremost, I think we really want to convince you and establish the greatness of the [new] characters that are going to be introduced.

Fuller went on to talk about having a diverse cast.

Star Trek started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast … our lead of the show is going to be subject of that same level of who’s the best actor and also what can we say about diversity on the show. We haven’t cast her yet, so we don’t know what level of diversity she will be, but that’s forefront in our minds. We’ll probably have a few more aliens than you typically have on the show. We wanted to paint a picture of Starfleet where we’re going to have new exciting aliens and also new imagining of existing aliens. We’re producing the show in 2016. We have to update the style of the effects, the style of the sets, the style of the makeup.

Absolutely we’re having a gay character,

The rest of the cast will feature an openly gay actor to play one one of the male leads, a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.

He also spoke about why the Captain wouldn’t be the lead for this new show.

We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view; to see a character from a different perspective on the starship — one who has a different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context.

As for the look of the Discovery he had this to say.

Saucer section, the cells, and the design that we leaked early on has changed considerably. But it’s still very much inspired by those [Ralph McQuarrie] illustrations.

What do you want to see in the new show?

Via EW

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