Monday, July 16, 2018

SDCC - Star Trek: Discovery - Beams Into Comic-Con

Series Stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Mary Chieffo, Wilson Cruz, Anson Mount and Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin to Make First Official Season Two Appearance Together at San Diego Comic-Con International on Friday, July 20 in Hall H

Panel to Be Moderated by Series Guest Star Tig Notaro
Who Will Appear as Chief Engineer Reno

The JBN Media Team will covering The Star Trek: Discovery Event. Stay tuned for our upcoming coverage!

“Star Trek: Discovery” to Also Host Its Second Annual Gallery Takeover Featuring Exclusive Props and Costumes Directly from the Set of the Mirror Universe;
Fans Have the Chance to Receive Limited Edition
“Star Trek: Discovery” Starfleet Pins

SONEQUA MARTIN-GREEN ― First Officer Michael Burnham
Sonequa Martin-Green is best known for her portrayal of Sasha on the AMC series The Walking Dead. In addition to The Walking Dead, Martin-Green is recognizable from her numerous recurring television roles across both comedy and drama. Most notably as the prankster Rhonda on FOX's comedy New Girl, Tamara on ABC's Once Upon A Time, and Courtney Wells on CBS' Emmy-winning drama The Good Wife. Also, she left her mark on television with recurring roles on the CBS drama NYC 22 and Lifetime's Army Wives. Her other television credits include Gossip Girl and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In regards to film, Martin-Green received rave reviews for her starring turn in Emily Abt's Sundance hit Toe To Toe in which she played Tosha Spinner, a highly driven inner-city high school teenager. She followed up Toe To Toe with Victoria Mahoney's film Yelling to the Sky alongside Gabourey Sidibe and Zoe Kravitz.

On stage, Martin-Green is best known for her critically acclaimed performances in Des McAnuff's Fetch Clay, Make Man, in which she starred as Muhammad Ali's first wife, Sonji Clay, and Outside People at the Vineyard Theater in New York City.

Currently, Martin-Green resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Kenric Green, and their son.

DOUG JONES ― Lieutenant Commander Saru
While famous for working under prosthetics in iconic feature film roles, Doug Jones is also a versatile character actor who has performed as "himself" in guest star roles on shows like Arrow, The Flash, Teen Wolf, Z-Nation, The Neighbors, Criminal Minds, CSI, and NBC's horror anthology Fear Itself. A veteran of over 100 commercials, Jones was Mac Tonight, the moon-headed piano player in the long-running 1990's McDonald's campaign. Also, he starred as the lead villain in "Hush," an Emmy-winning episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, long considered a fan favorite. Additionally, Jones is a semi-regular guest judge on the hit SyFy reality series, Face Off.

In 2005, he played the title role of Pan, as well as the nightmare character known as The Pale Man, in Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning Spanish language fantasy/horror feature Pan's Labyrinth. However, it was his sensitive and elegant performance as Abe Sapien in del Toro's 2004 box office hit Hellboy that brought Jones unique work to a wider audience. He went on to voice that same character for the Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network animations Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron. In 2007, Jones title role performance in Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer was hailed by fans and critics alike. In 2008, Jones reprised his starring role, as well as two other characters, in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, once more under the direction of del Toro. Also, he starred in Gainsbourg, a stylized biopic of the famous French poet/singer/composer Serge Gainsbourg, in which he played Gainsbourg's dark alter ego. The film won three Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. Also, Jones has had prominent creature roles in Crimson Peak, The Watch, The Bye Bye Man, Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, Legion, and many others.

Jones was a series regular on three seasons of TNT's Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Falling Skies and recurred on Guillermo del Toro's FX series The Strain. Upcoming, Jones will star opposite Sally Hawkins in del Toro's The Shape of Water.

JASON ISAACS ― Captain Gabriel Lorca
The Golden Globe, BAFTA, International Emmy Award, and Critic's Circle Award-nominated actor Jason Isaacs began his acting career at Bristol University, where he studied Law, but found himself acting, producing, writing, and directing most of the time. After graduation, he trained for three years at London's prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 2000, his breakout role as Colonel William Tavington in Roland Emmerich's feature film The Patriot garnered him numerous nominations, including one from the British Film Critics' Circle.

Two years later, Isaacs began his role as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He went on to reprise the role and garner global recognition in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and in the last two films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts I and II. Most recently, he was seen in the genre-bending breakout Netflix series The OA and is set to return for the second season of the hit show early 2018.

Isaacs' extensive film credits include the war films Fury, Black Hawk Down, Green Zone, Windtalkers, and Field of Lost Shoes; the fantasy films Armageddon, Event Horizon, Dragonheart, Peter Pan (2003), and The Tuxedo; and the indie hits and festival award winners Friends with Money, Skeletons, Stockholm PA, The End of the Affair, Sweetwater, Passionada, The Infiltrator, Rio I Love You, Nine Lives, Good—which he also produced—as well as Sweet November, Abduction, and Soldier.

Isaacs has multiple awards and nominations for his television roles in both America and Britain, including the BAFTA "Best Actor" nomination for The Curse of Steptoe and a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" for the BBC's The State Within. Critics raved over his performances in C4's Scars and Lynda LaPlante's Civvies for the BBC and as Michael Caffee in three seasons of Showtime's Peabody Award-winning series Brotherhood, for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award as "Best Leading Actor." He later won that award for starring as Jackson Brodie in series one and two of the BBC's Case Histories, which he also executive produced. The role also garnered him various other nominations including an International Emmy Award for "Best Leading Actor." Case Histories also won the BAFTA Scotland Award for "Best Drama Series."

Isaacs produced and starred as Detective Michael Britten in the NBC drama Awake and starred as an FBI agent trying to prevent the end of the world in contemporary Jerusalem in the event series Dig, from the creators of Homeland and Heroes. He also appeared in The West Wing and Entourage and, in Britain, in The Fix for Paul Greengrass, Inspector Morse directed by Danny Boyle and as identical twins in Taggart.

On stage, Isaacs created the role of Louis in the award-winning Royal National Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America and has performed to packed houses at London's Royal Court, Almeida Theatre, and Trafalgar theatre, where he also starred in a sell-out run of Pinter's The Dumb Waiter with comedian Lee Evans.

Isaacs' recent film roles include the thriller A Cure for Wellness, directed by Gore Verbinski, and Red Dog: True Blue, a sequel to the phenomenally successful Australian film. Also, Isaacs voiced The Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels, Admiral Zhao in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Siddeley in Cars 2.

Soon, Isaacs will be seen in the animated comedy Happy Family, which features the voices of Nick Frost, Catherine Tate, and Emily Watson; political satire The Death of Stalin from Veep creator Armando Iannucci; YA thriller Behind the Glass from award-winning Israeli filmmaker Assaf Bernstein; and Hotel Mumbai, the story of the terrorist siege of the Taj Hotel in 2008.

SHAZAF LATIF ― Lieutenant Ash Tyler
Shazad Latif has made a name for himself in the UK for the characters he has created on screen. In the U.S., 2016 was a breakout year for Latif as he co-starred in Showtime's hit gothic thriller Penny Dreadful as renowned character Dr. Henry Jekyll.

On the film front, Latif most recently played Chandra Mahalanobis in The Man Who Knew Infinity (IFC Films) alongside Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, and Stephen Fry.

Also, Latif is well known for his role as Kushal in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures), which was released worldwide in spring 2015. He appeared alongside Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Richard Gere.

Up next, Latif will be seen opposite Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga in The Commuter for Lionsgate. The film will be released worldwide in 2018.

Born and raised in London, Latif, who is English, Scottish, and Pakistani, attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and, after just one year, secured his first television role as Tariq Masood in BBC One's Spooks. Subsequent television roles include Salting the Battlefield and the BAFTA-nominated series My Mad Fat Diary. In 2012, he landed the regular role of Clem Fandango in multi-award winning comedy Toast of London, as well as receiving critical acclaim for his appearance in BBC One's Ordinary Lies.

ANTHONY RAPP ― Lieutenant Paul Stamets
Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. With an extensive list of achievements, Rapp is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson's Tony Award-winning rock opera, Rent, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast. He reprised his role in Chris Columbus' film version opposite other members of the original cast.

Recently, Rapp appeared on CBS All Access new hit spin-off series The Good Fight. Also, he recently starred in three independent features: Do You Take This Man opposite Alyson Hannigan, Opening Night with fellow Broadway-favorite Cheyenne Jackson, and the LGBT thriller BWOY, which he also produced.

Rapp starred in the Broadway production and national tour of If/Then from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal. He joined former Rent cast member Idina Menzel in this romantic and original musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout.

Additional Broadway credits include the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation. His Broadway debut was in Precious Sons with Judith Ivey and Ed Harris, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle award and a Drama Desk nomination. Other theater credits include Raised In Captivity (Vineyard Theatre), Trafficking in Broken Hearts (Atlantic), Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage), Dedalus Lounge (Interart Theatre Annex), and the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors.

Rapp's television credits include The Knick, Psych, Law & Order: SVU, Kidnapped, The Beach Boys: An American Family, and The X-Files.

Rapp has been featured in a number of iconic feature films ranging from dramas like the Oscar Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Other Woman opposite Natalie Portman, to comedies like Dazed and Confused with Matthew McConaughey and Road Trip, directed by Todd Phillips. Additional film credits include Opening Night, Junction, Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Man of the Century, and David Searching. Also, he appeared in Winter Passing, a film written and directed by his brother, Adam Rapp.

A writer as well, Rapp penned Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent (Simon & Schuster) about his struggle to balance the demands of life in the theatre with his responsibility to his family during his mother's battle with cancer. He adapted the book into a one-man show entitled Without You which he has performed on stages both nationally and internationally.

In 2000, Rapp released his debut album Look Around. He has performed his music in clubs and colleges throughout the country.

Rapp is proud to support and continue to help raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

MICHELLE YEOH ― Captain Philippa Georgiou
Michelle Yeoh is considered one of Asia's greatest and most successful actresses. Yeoh can be seen in season 2 of the Netflix series Marco Polo as well as the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, which premiered on Netflix and in IMAX theaters in 2016. Next, she will be seen starring in in the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians directed by Jon Chu.

Yeoh starred in Luc Besson's critically acclaimed The Lady and voiced a role in the DreamWorks animated hit Kung Fu Panda 2. A former Bond girl, Yeoh is best known for her roles in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha, Roger Spotiswoode's Tomorrow Never Dies, and Danny Boyle's Sunshine.

Additionally, Yeoh was honored by People Magazine as one of the "35 All-Time Screen Beauties."

MARY WISEMAN ― Cadet Sylvia Tilly
After graduating from Juilliard in 2015, Mary Wiseman quickly went on to star opposite Keira Knightley in the Broadway production of Therese Raquin. Recently, Wiseman starred in the world premiere of Romance Novels for Dummies at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Prior to that, she starred in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Off the Main Road opposite Kyra Sedgwick as well as in the Off-Broadway, Obie Award-winning production of An Octoroon, in which her performance was described as "delicious" and "comically inspired."

For television, Wiseman appeared in the Netflix series Longmire and The Characters and in Hulu's Difficult People.

Currently, Wiseman can be seen opposite Zach Galifianakis in the second season of the FX series Baskets. Recently, she wrapped a starring role in the new Off-Broadway production of The Skin of Our Teeth at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, New York.

Chris Obi is an English actor, most recently known for Snow White and the Huntsman where he worked with director Rupert Sanders. Obi reunites once again with Sanders in the DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures release Ghost in the Shell. As well as being a successful TV and film actor, Obi has also graced the stages of many theatres across the UK playing a variety of roles and has also lent his voice to numerous radio plays. Additional film credits include The Counselor, Burke & Hare, and The Call Up.


Mary Chieffo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Juilliard in 2015, winning the Elizabeth Smith Voice and Speech Prize and the Saint-Denis Prize for "Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Drama." In her fourth year, Chieffo took on the title character in award-winning director Erica Schmidt's all-female Macbeth, reprising the role with Schmidt in 2016 for Seattle Repertory Theatre's The Other Season. After portraying Iago in October 2015 for Harlem Shakespeare Festival's all-female Othello, Chieffo began developing a Virtual Reality miniseries, Operation Othello—set in the modern world of U.S. Navy SEALs—with Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's JuVee Productions. For the miniseries, Eugene O'Neill Directing Fellow Jeff Liu (Yellow Face) will direct Chieffo's female Ensign Iago to Tennon's Captain Othello.

James Frain is one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actors. He has a reputation for bold, intelligent performances in a diverse body of work in which he has collaborated with some of the finest actors and directors working today.
Frain's film work includes Disney's The Lone Ranger from director Gore Verbinski opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, Tron: Legacy opposite Jeff Bridges, 20th Century Fox's Water for Elephants opposite Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, and Transit opposite James Caviezel for producer Joel Silver.

On television, he most recently starred as Theo Galavan in FOX's Gotham, as well as in seasons three, four, and five of Orphan Black, the BBC/Starz series The White Queen, and the BBC miniseries Bert & Dickie. He portrayed the much-talked about character of Franklin Mott in HBO's True Blood. Previously, he played Thomas Cromwell for three seasons in Showtime's critically acclaimed drama The Tudors.

Frain's past film credits include Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, Hilary and Jackie opposite Emily Watson, The Count of Monte Cristo with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce, Where the Heart Is opposite Natalie Portman, Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron, and Into the Blue with Paul Walker.

Frain has an extensive theatre background having performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida, and Royal Court. In 2007, Frain co-starred with Ian McShane on Broadway in The Homecoming for which the cast won The Drama Critics Circle "Best Ensemble" Award.

Born in the north of England, Frain earned his degree in Drama and Film at the University of East Anglia and studied acting at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. While studying in London, Frain was spotted by Sir Richard Attenborough who immediately cast him in his first feature Shadowlands opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.


Rainn Wilson is an Emmy-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor who has found himself in a variety of comedic and theatrical roles throughout his career. His first breakthrough role came when he played assistant mortician Arthur Martin in HBO's Six Feet Under, winning him and the cast a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series." Wilson is best known for playing the inimitable Dwight Schrute for nine seasons on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy The Office.

Wilson's film credits include Hesher, opposite Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Super, with Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, and Ellen Page; Cooties opposite Elijah Wood; and the acclaimed comedies Juno and Almost Famous. Most recently, he starred in The Boy, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, and Permanent, opposite Patricia Arquette. Next up, he is co-starring in Warner Bros. horror-adventure feature Meg, opposite Jason Statham. Currently, Wilson can be seen in the Netflix feature Shimmer Lake, directed by Oren Uziel.

On television, Wilson portrayed the irascible but brilliant Detective Everett Backstrom in FOX's subversive, comic crime procedural Backstrom and recently appeared as a special guest star in Cameron Crowe's Showtime series Roadies.

Wilson has a Master of Fine Arts from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, and spent ten years doing theatre in New York before moving to Los Angeles. On Broadway, he was in The Tempest with Patrick Stewart and the Tony-nominated London Assurance. Off-Broadway, Wilson worked at The Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons and performed regularly at The Arena Stage and The Guthrie and with the touring repertory theater The Acting Company. The comedy show he created, The New Bonanza, had a successful off-Broadway run at The Cherry Lane and later played in Los Angeles at The Hudson Guild and The Tiffany. Most recently, Wilson performed the critically acclaimed one-person monologue Thom Pain (based on nothing) at The Geffen.

Wilson founded the YouTube channel Soul Pancake, which has over 1.7 million subscribers. In 2015, he published his memoir, The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy.

KENNETH MIYCHELL― KolKenneth Mitchell's talents have been utilized in some of television's most premiere dramas, including a starring role as Eric Green in the iconic series Jericho on CBS. Also, Mitchell portrayed the Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton on the ABC series The Astronaut Wives Club. His many recurring roles include playing Deacon Joe Hurley on The CW's Frequency, Detective Matthews on ABC's Notorious, and Wes Gable on the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. Mitchell has made distinctive guest appearances on shows including Code Black, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Cyber, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Major Crimes, Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Castle, The Mentalist, Grimm, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Bones, Hawaii 5-0, and Ghost Whisperer.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Mitchell landed his first major role in the Showtime movie Charms for the Easy Life, co-starring alongside Gena Rowlands. This led to two leading roles in the Showtime series Odyssey 5 and Leap Years.

In 2004, Mitchell received strong recognition for his starring role as Ralph Cox in the classic Disney sports film, Miracle, opposite Kurt Russell and directed by Gavin O'Connor. Also, Mitchell has lent his leading talents to films such as Touchstone Pictures' The Recruit, with Al Pacino and directed by Roger Donaldson, the independent features Blood Honey and Tennis, Anyone?, as well as the television features Iron Road, Tasmanian Devil, and Home of the Giants.

Currently, Mitchell resides in Studio City, California, with his wife, Susan May Pratt, and two children, Lilah and Kallum.

WILSON CRUZ ― Dr. Hugh Culber
Wilson Cruz, originally from New York, stars at Dr. Hugh Culber in the upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. His career has spanned TV, film, and theater, including his role as Angel in the Broadway production of Rent. In addition to Star Trek: Discovery, Cruz will also be returning to the highly acclaimed Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, playing the Baker family's attorney, Dennis Vasquez. Recently, Cruz starred alongside Alan Cumming in the drama feature After Louie.

Early in his career, Cruz won the hearts of audiences playing Rickie Vasquez on ABC's My So-Called Life. It was the first openly gay teen role to air on network primetime television. On the frontlines of LGBT advocacy, Cruz recently served as the Director of Entertainment Industry Partnerships and as National Spokesperson for GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBT media advocacy organization.

LOS ANGELES – July 2, 2018 – CBS Television Studios and CBS All Access invite “Star Trek” fans from around the world to join them in a celebration of over 50 years of “Star Trek” and the upcoming second season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY with a lineup of events, activations, merchandise exclusives and a panel, all taking placeJuly 19-22 at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif.

Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon. “Star Trek” inspired developments in science and technology, broke social barriers, and transported viewers around the globe to new adventures and uncharted frontiers. Last fall, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY continued that tradition and followed the voyages of Starfleet aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. Join the cast and producers of this CBS All Access series to look back on season one and find out where the crew is headed as it transports into its second season.

Cast members scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo and Anson Mount, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. The panel will be moderated by series guest star Tig Notaro, who will appear as Chief Engineer Reno. Friday, July 20, 1:30 PM; Hall H.

CBS is creating a fully immersive STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Mirror Universe experience at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (363 Fifth Avenue, San Diego); Comic-Con badges are not required for entry. The exhibit, scheduled to run fromThursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, features a photo opportunity with Emperor Georgiou’s Throne and showcases props and costumes from the series’ Terran Empire. The gallery will also house an official “Star Trek” shop with Comic-Con exclusives.

Thursday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Fans Invited to Take a Ride in a Pedicab
Inspired by the Captain’s Chair on the U.S.S. Discovery


From Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, CBS will offer free “intergalactic” rides throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp District in pedicabs inspired by the design of the U.S.S. Discovery’s captain’s chair. The pedicabs will feature the chair’s distinctive stitched black seats as well as video monitors built into its armrests, which will screen trailers for the highly anticipated second season. As an added touch, each vehicle will display an illuminated U.S.S. Discovery delta shield on the back.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The first season is now available on CBS All Access, CBS Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and is distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

CBS All Access is CBS’ digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its original series, which include STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, THE GOOD FIGHT, STRANGE ANGEL and NO ACTIVITY, CBS All Access gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand – spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits – and stream their local CBS station live. CBS All Accessis currently available online at, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs and Amazon Channels. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit:


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