The first “Star Trek” series created for kids has its full cast. Paramount Plus and Nickelodeon announced on Monday that Ella Purnell, Brett Gray, Rylee Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Angus Imrie and Jason Mantzoukas will make up the main voice cast for “Star Trek: Prodigy,” the animated series set to premiere on Paramount Plus later this year. They’ll join Kate Mulgrew, who is reprising her role from “Star Trek: Voyager” as Kathryn Janeway.
For the first time in a “Trek” series, the main cast is made up of alien species, as these six young characters end up commandeering an abandoned Starfleet vessel and must learn how to operate it in order to survive, with Mulgrew’s Janeway serving as their guide as the ship’s emergency training hologram.
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Purnell (“Sweetbitter,” “Army of the Dead”) will play 17-year-old Gwyn. Her species is called the Vau N’Akat, and she grew up on her father’s mining planet, a cheerless place that drove her to explore beyond her home.
Gray (“On My Block,” “When They See Us”) will play 17-year-old Dal, from an unknown species. He fiercely guards his hope for a better future, and sees himself as a nonconformist.
Alazraqui (“Doug Unplugs,” “Home Economics”) will play eight-year-old Rok-Tahk, part of the Brikar species. She’s a little shy and uncommonly smart, especially when expressing her devotion to animals.
Veteran voice actor Baker (“Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Dora the Explorer”) will play Murf, an “indestructible blob” from an unknown species. His age is also a mystery, but he does have quite the appetite for ship parts and an intriguingly good sense of timing.
Imrie (“The Crown,” “The Kid Who Would Be King”) will play Zero, one of the oldest and most unusual aliens to grace “Trek” canon: They’re Medusan, an energy-based species that have no gender and no corporeal form. To look upon their true appearance is to die from insanity, so Zero created a containment suit to protect their shipmates from harm.
And adding to his growing roster of voice-over roles, Mantzoukas (“Invincible,” “Big Mouth,” “Close Enough”) will play 16-year-old Jankom Pog, a Tellarite who, true to form, enjoys a good argument and will often take an opposing viewpoint regardless of his own opinion, just so all perspectives can be heard.
“Star Trek: Prodigy” was developed by Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters,” “Ninjago”), who are serving as the showrunners and executive producers. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth are executive producing. Ben Hibon is directing, co-executive producing, and he is the creative lead. CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ new animation arm; Nickelodeon Animation Studio; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment are producing the show.
Along with the cast announcement, Paramount Plus released several first look images from the series. See them below.
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