Musical theatre star Anthony Rapp has joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery
The upcoming series is set 10 years prior to the original television show. Anthony, who played Mark in Broadway show Rent
, before reprising his role in the film adaptation, will play Lieutenant Stamets, a scientist who is being billed as a central character in the show. According to Entertainment Weekly
, Stamets will be gay.
The actor and singer made the announcement via Twitter, writing, "So proud to be a part of this journey. I'm a longtime fan and super geek of the highest order." He later uploading a photograph of himself with a range of Star Trek
boxsets, adding, "With the help of my friend Bill's collection of all things Star Trek,
I am doing a deep dive into the lore in prep" for the show.
Anthony, 45, explained in a 1997 interview with Oasis
magazine that he identifies as "queer" rather than gay, having had romantic relationships with women. However, in a 2010 interview with Out magazine
, he said that he saw himself as "absolutely primarily gay."
Star Trek: Discovery
debuts on CBS in May 2017.
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