The new CBS All Access series will have Jones as Lt. Aru, a science officer and a new alien species. Jones long acting career has had him in various forms of make-up having appeared in Hocus-Pocus, Pan's Labyrinth, the Hellboy franchise and many other roles. Another science officer on the ship is Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, played by Rapp. Yeoh is portraying Captain Georgiou and they'll all be aboard the Starship Shenzhou.
In a departure from previous Star Trek series, the Captain is not the lead of the series, and the studio is still looking to cast her.
Star Trek: Discovery will make its debut May 2017.