Star Trek: Starfleet Academy already has its first cadets

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Meet the first cast members who joined Star Trek: Starfleet Academy and who you’ve seen before

In an interview at SXSW 2024, producer Alex Kurtzman revealed some exciting news about the highly anticipated sequel Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. Paramount has officially announced actors Carys Brooks, Bella Shepard and George Hawkins as the first cast of this new space adventure. Although details about their characters have yet to be revealed, we do know that they will be playing cadets at the academy. Set in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, this series is aimed at a younger audience and occupies a unique space between Prodigy and Underworld.

First look at the cadets of Starfleet Academy

“Star Trek: Starfleet Academy introduces viewers to a group of young cadets who come together to pursue a shared hope and optimism. Under the watchful and inquisitive eyes of their instructors, they learn what it takes to become a Starfleet officer as they experience growing friendships, explosives, first loves, and a new enemy that threatens the Academy and the Federation.

With Brooks, Shepard and Hawkins, the cast of Starfleet Academy promises to be amazing. Oscar winner Holly Hunter will play the academy’s captain and chancellor, and Emmy winner Paul Giamatti will be the season’s villain. Additionally, Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau will serve as showrunners and executive producers. Gaia Violo, who wrote the original episode, also joins an all-star production team that includes Aaron Byers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jenny Lumet, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Frank Siracusa and John Webber. Lower Decks Tawny Newsom joins the writers’ room to add humor.

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Starfleet Academy’s new talents

Each new recruit to Starfleet Academy is a rising star with impressive credits to their name. Carys Brooks is a professional actress and dancer, and recently made her film debut in My Old Ass and the 70s comedy Feeling Randy. You’ve probably seen her in Prom, On My Block or How We Roll. Bella Sheppard, best known for her lead role in Paramount’s Wolf Pack series alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, has starred in Wilds, Grace and Frankie and the new iCarly reboot. Finally, George Hawkins is best known for his role in Tell Me Everything and has starred in Boiling Point and Gas Up.

With filming set to begin this summer, anticipation for Starfleet Academy continues to grow. Not only does the series bring new faces to the Star Trek universe, it also promises a new and exciting narrative for a new generation of fans. Fans can expect a blend of drama, action and Star Trek’s trademark optimism.

In addition to stellar performances and a top-notch production team, the script promises to be a mix of adventure, comedy and drama, all within the fascinating Star Trek universe. This youthful approach not only attracts new viewers, but also offers something new and exciting to long-time fans.

The evolution of Star Trek

Starfleet Academy represents an evolution in the Star Trek franchise, exploring new stories and characters in the expanded universe. This youth series joins the roster of Star Trek franchises that continue to expand and diversify the saga. With Prodigy capturing the imagination of a young audience and Downstairs offering a comedic approach to adults, Starfleet Academy positions itself as the perfect bridge between these two audiences.

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As the cast and crew get ready to start shooting, fans’ excitement is on the rise. Paramount+ and Netflix will be key platforms to enjoy this new series as well as existing ones. Starfleet Academy promises to not only celebrate the legacy of Star Trek, but to offer a fresh and contemporary perspective that will resonate with a global audience.

With all these components in place, Starfleet Academy is ready to lift off and take it to new frontiers. Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to embark on this exciting space adventure. The future of Starfleet has never been brighter!