The role of Jadzia Dax was initially offered to Famke JanssenFamke Janssen. Both she turned it down in order to remain available to appear in feature films.
Among the actors to read for the role of Captain Sisko was Eriq La SalleEriq La Salle who would later be cast as Dr. Peter Benton in ER. James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones and Tony ToddTony Todd were also offered the role.
Among the finalists for the role of Sisko was Gary GrahamGary Graham, best known for the TV series [Alien Nation].