With the future of Star Trek as a cinematic property up in the air (with a followup to Star Trek Beyond still in early development), Trek fans have once again turned their attentions to the franchise’s original home on television. The first new Star Trek series since the conclusion of Star Trek: Enterprise is set to debut on the CBS All-Access platform, in the form of Star Trek: Discovery.
Discovery (which is currently without an official premiere date) will be set roughly one decade prior to the original 1960s Star Trek series and be the first in the franchise to follow a lower-ranking officer aboard a Federation starship, as the main character rather than a Captain. That main role (Lt. Commander Rainsford) has already been cast, with Sonequa Martin-Green taking up the role. However, despite not being the main character, Trek fans are understandably still eager to learn the name of the latest Captain to join the ranks of the storied franchise.
Michelle Yeoh was previously cast in a Captain role on Discovery, but it was later clarified that she will instead play a recurring part as the Captain of The Shenzhou – a different ship separate from the main vessel (“Discovery”) that will be central to the series. Now, news comes from Entertainment Weekly that the Discovery has found its Captain in the form of actor Jason Isaacs.
Apart from his name (“Captain Lorca,”) nothing further has been revealed about the character – including whether or not Isaacs will be portraying a human or one of the multiple other alien races who make up the Federation. He will join a cast that already includes Martin-Green, Doug Jones as Saru, Anthony Rapp as Stamets, Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as Nambue, Sam Vartholomeos as Connor and James Frain as Sarek – the father of Mr. Spock. Other roles are yet to be cast.
A prolific star of stage and screen, Isaacs is likely best known to audiences worldwide as Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter films. Often specializing in villainous roles, he also portrayed the sinister Col. Tavington in The Patriot and has appeared in several of the Resident Evil films and as Captain Hook in the 2003 version of Peter Pan. He also frequently acts in military-themed features, appearing in Fury, Green Zone and Black Hawk Down. This will not be his first main cast television series, as he has also been part of ensembles like The OA and Brotherhood and starred in the short-lived NBC police drama Awake in 2012.
Star Trek: Discovery is expected to premiere on CBS and CBS All-Access in late summer/early fall of 2017.