‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy’ Series Casts Kerrice Brooks, Bella Shepard, George Hawkins

“Star Trek: Starfleet Academy” is building out its freshman class.

Kerrice Brooks, Bella Shepard, and George Hawkins have all been cast as cadets in the upcoming Paramount+ series. The trio join previously announced stars Holly Hunter, who will play the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy, and Paul Giamatti, who will play the season’s main villain.

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The official logline for the show states that it “introduces viewers to a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.”

Shepard will make her return to Paramount+ with “Starfleet Academy,” having previously starred in the streamer’s series “Wolf Pack.” She previously starred in shows such as “Two Sides,” “A Girl Named Jo,” and “On the Ropes,” and appeared in shows like “The Wilds,” “Orange Is the New Black,” and “Grace and Frankie.”

She is repped by Untitled Entertainment, Jill Fritzo PR, and Innovative Artists.

Brooks has previously appeared in projects like “The Prom” and “On My Block” at Netflix and “How We Roll” on CBS. She will next be seen in the film “My Old Ass” from director Megan Park and the period comedy “Feeling Randy.” She is also a highly-accomplished dancer, having performed with artits like Billie Eilish, Kanye West, and Lil Nas X.

She is repped by Authentic Talent.

Hawkins graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2023. He most recently appeared in the ITV series “Tell Me Everything” and also starred in the films “Boiling Point” and “Gassed Up.”

He is repped by Denton Brierley and Piekoff Mahan.

“Star Trek: Starfleet Academy” will begin production in Toronto in the coming months. Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau serve as co-showrunners and executive producers. Gaia Violo write the premiere episode and executive produces. Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jenny Lumet, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Frank Siracusa, and John Weber also executive produce. The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. The series is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

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