The Slender Man may only get work when teenagers summon him, but actor Javier Botet is not hurting for work. Horror films keep calling him to play their creatures, and now he’s doing the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery, Botet told Bloody-Disgusting.
“I can tell you I’ll be working in Star Trek: Discovery in Toronto,” Botet said. “It’s going to be a very cool role, so I can’t wait to see it. I’ve been working with my friend Doug Jones, another monster performer. I hope you see it very soon.”
Jones is a series regular, in full makeup of course, as Saru. Botet will join him as one of Trek’s creatures. Botet suggests longtime Trekkers will recognize his character.
“It’s an old creature but I’m not going to tell you what creature,” Botet teased.
Unlike previous Star Trek series which had a new mission each episode, Star Trek: Discovery is a continuing serialized story. For now, though, Botet is only a guest star in one.
“It’s only one at the moment,” Botet said. “Working on it is an incredible pleasure and a gift to be in this mythical series.”
Botet and Jones have been longtime friends. As one can imagine, actors who regularly play full makeup creatures are so specialized that they have a lot in common. They first met when Jones made the American remake of Rec, in which Botet appeared in the original and its sequel.
“We spend some time [together] because we’ve been working together,” Botet said. “Even before, I played Rec and he was going to play Quarantine. I met him a long time ago. Doug Jones is an amazing, lovely person and I was so happy to meet him because I admire his work. Always when I meet him it’s a very nice moment, so meeting him in Toronto last time for “Star Trek”, we’ve been speaking about things and about our careers. I love meeting Doug Jones.”
Look for Botet in the new season of Star Trek: Discovery, and we’ll have more on Slender Man before the October 30 home video release.