Kate Mulgrew is joined by Rylee Alazraqui, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Ella Purnell, and Dee Bradley Baker as the voices of the series’ young aliens; show premieres later this year.
Rylee Alazraqui, Brett Gray, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Ella Purnell, and Dee Bradley Baker have joined Kate Mulgrew on the voice cast of Paramount+’s upcoming all-new animated kids’ series, Star Trek: Prodigy, as the voices of the series’ young aliens. A new set of first-look images has also been released.
Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) reprises her Kathryn Janeway role as Janeway, now a starship’s built-in emergency training hologram in the series, which takes place in the year 2383, after the events of Star Trek: Voyager, and in the Delta Quadrant.
Mulgrew’s return to the Star Trek universe was first announced last October. At the time, she stated, “I have invested every scintilla of my being in Captain Janeway, and I can’t wait to endow her with nuance that I never did before in Star Trek: Prodigy. How thrilling to be able to introduce to these young minds an idea that has elevated the world for decades. To be at the helm again is going to be deeply gratifying in a new way for me.”
The new cast includes Alazraqui (Doug Unplugs, Home Economics) as “Rok-Tahk,” a Brikar and an unusually bright eight-year-old girl - Rok is a bit shy, but not when it comes to her love for animals; Gray (On My Block, When They See Us) as “Dal,” 17 years old and an unknown species, who fancies himself a maverick, who even in the toughest times, holds strong onto his unwavering hope; Imrie (The Crown, Emma) as “Zero,” who is a Medusan: a noncorporeal, genderless, energy-based lifeform - since others would go mad at the sight of their true self, Zero wears a containment suit they made themselves to protect others; Mantzoukas (Infinite, Big Mouth) as “Jankom Pog,” a 16-year-old Tellarite - Tellarites are known to relish an argument, and Jankom is no different… regardless of opinion, he will always play ‘devil’s advocate’ for the sake of hearing all sides; Purnell (Army of the Dead, Sweetbitter) as “Gwyn,” a 17-year-old Vau N’Akat who was raised on her father’s bleak mining planet and grew up dreaming to explore the stars; and Baker (SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer) as “Murf,” whose age and species is unknown but who is an endearing, indestructible blob with curiously good timing and an insatiable appetite for ship parts.
Developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago), and produced by Nickelodeon and CBS Studios’ Eye Animation Studios, Star Trek: follows a motley crew of young aliens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning, and salvation. The six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek Franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.
Award-winning director and producer Ben Hibon (Codehunters) will direct, co-executive produce, and serve as the creative lead on the new series; Aaron Baiers also serves as co-executive producer.
Prodigy is the first Star Trek series for the kids and family audience and will bow exclusively later this year on Nickelodeon, following its premiere run on Paramount+. With the addition of Prodigy, the entire Star Trek Universe will now be available to stream on Paramount+: current and upcoming seasons of the original series Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The trove will also include all 726 episodes from the six classic Star Trek series and a selection of Star Trek films.
Star Trek: Prodigy is from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ new animation arm; Nickelodeon Animation Studio, led by President of Animation, Ramsey Naito; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside co-showrunners Kevin and Dan Hageman.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.