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Title and ship for new Star Trek series

Associated Press logo Associated Press 25/07/2016

The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will be called Star Trek: Discovery.

The title, and footage of the starship Discovery, were teased at the end of a Comic-Con panel on Saturday celebrating the series' 50th anniversary with actors from every previous Trek series.

Discovery executive producer Bryan Fuller said the show coming to the CBS All Access streaming video service will draw upon the optimistic tone established by Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

"We have to celebrate a progression of our species," Fuller told 6500 fans gathered inside the San Diego Convention Center. "Right now, we need a little help."

The brief teaser featured close-ups of a Starfleet vessel called the USS Discovery moving out of a docking station located within an asteroid.

"The idea of naming it Discovery just felt so intrinsic to what Star Trek represents and where we need to go as a species and how we're going to collectively come together as a planet," said Fuller during an interview after the panel.

Fuller noted the writers and producers are currently working on casting Discovery, writing the first three scripts and constructing the show's sets in Toronto. He said they were looking for a diverse team.

"Star Trek is about family and finding your family," Fuller said. "We absolutely intend to continue that tradition of progressiveness in our casting choices and representation."

During the panel, Fuller said Discovery will be more like a novel and less episodic than past Trek shows.

Fuller was joined at the pop-culture convention by original Trek series star William Shatner, The Next Generation actors Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn, Enterprise leading man Scott Bakula and Voyager actress Jeri Ryan.

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