I guess the previous news that Hannibal wunderkind Bryan Fuller is no longer the show-runner on the new Star Trek show really took the wind outta Star Trek sails because it's been several days since they announced that the kick-ass Michelle Yeoh (not pictured) was joining the show and I'm only now getting around to mentioning it. What got me around to mentioning it is today's casting news, which says that Rent star Anthony Rapp (pictured) us joining the show as the previously mentioned "first official gay character" in the Trek universe. Actually calling him "Rent star" does Mr. Rapp a great disservice since his greatest credits are Adventures in Babysitting and Six Degrees of Separation, obviously.
Obviously. But anyway the big deal here is they actually hired an out gay to play a gay character -- hip hip hooray for progress! And yes the recent Star Trek movie kinda took the wind out of this accomplishment's sails by making Sulu undeniably and reliably gay as all get out, but we're still excited. Also exciting? The other name attached to the new series today is Doug Jones, aka the modern equivalent of Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney.
See our previous ode to the many monsters of Mr. Jones right here. He's amazing. He will be playing a new alien species apparently, and I can only imagine what wondrous life he'll bring to their latex. As for Yeoh it turns out she is NOT playing the main character, which is the female captain of the Starship Discovery, which is a role that is yet to be cast - she is playing the Captain of a different ship. But she's still awesome too, so there's that!