You all know Sasha Williams from The Walking Dead, right?
Meet your new Lieutenant Commander Rainsford, Sonequa Martin-Green!
Breaking with previous Star Trek series' tradition, Discovery will be told from the POV of someone not in the captain's chair. Although original showrunner Bryan Fuller stepped down so he could concentrate on American Gods, current Discovery showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts are sticking with Fuller's gameplan according to Entertainment Weekly.
Other exciting cast announcements include Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Doug Jones as science officer Lt. Saru (who will also represent a previously unknown alien species), and Anthony Rapp as astromycologist Lt. Stamets, the first openly gay character on a Star Trek TV series. (What you got now, Star Wars franchise?! Kidding, kidding.)
Also, there are Klingons:
And here's Bryan Fuller being totally relatable: