While ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ may seem like there’s no real leadership behind the scenes of the series, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ has found its captain in front of the cameras. Jason Isaacs has been tapped to play Captain Lorca.
Isaacs is a familiar face in the genre especially with Harry Potter fans as he played Lucius Malfoy in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. The actor was also in the box office bomb ‘A Cure for Wellness.’ Television fans will recognize Isaacs from his many roles in shows like Netflix’ ‘The OA’ and the short-lived NBC series ‘Awake’ and Fox’s ‘Rosemary Baby.’ Isaacs has also voiced some very popular animated characters like The Inquisitor on ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ Admiral Zhao in ‘ Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ Ra’s al Ghul in ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood,’ Sinestro in ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ and Lex Luther in ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters.’
Unlike prior ‘Star Trek’ shows, Captain Lorca won’t be the main anchor character for the series. That distinction will be given to Lieutenant Commander Rainsford (played by Sonequa Martin-Green). Also included in the crew of the Discovery are Doug Jones as science officer Saru, Anthony Rapp as fellow science officer Stamets, James Frain as the Vulcan Sarek, an astrophysicist and Spock’s father, Terry Serpico as Starfleet admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholoy as chief medical officer Nambue, and Sam Vartholomeos as junior Starfleet officer Connor. Michelle Yeoh is set as a recurring character Georgiou, captain of the Shenzhou starship.
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will also have no shortage of Klingons as the series has tapped Shazad Latif as the Klingon commanding officer Kol, Chris Obi as Klingon leader T’Kuvma, and Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, a Klingon commander.
Currently there is no definite date when ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will begin streaming on CBS All Access (yes, the latest news is that it will premiere this summer, but considering that the series has been delayed from January to May to now late summer/early fall just makes me want to wait until an official date is declared).
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