The first image of Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca on Star Trek: Discovery has been revealed. Between the years of 1987 and 2005 there was always at least one Star Trek TV series on the air. Since Star Trek: Enterprise ended, the only new additions to the franchise has been the film reboot of the original series. But that is going to change this September with the first new Star Trek series in 16 years: Star Trek: Discovery.
There are a number of ways that Star Trek: Discovery is different from all previous Star Trek shows. It is the first one with a gay character in the main cast - Anthony Rapp's Science Officer Stamets. It's the first series where the main character is not the Captain - it's First Officer Michael Burnham. It is the first of the series where the lead is an African-American woman - Sonequa Martin-Green. And it is the first Star Trek series that appears to be about two ships and two Captains. Commander Burnham serves as the First Officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou, captained by Michelle Yeoh's Captain Philippa Georgiou. And of course, the U.S.S. Discovery, lead by Jason Isaacs' Captain Gabriel Lorca.
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The recently released trailer focused on the Shenzhou and Burnham's relationship to Captain Georgiou. Thus far, Lorca has remained a mystery. Until today, when EW released the first official image of Jason Isaacs as the captain.
The image shows Captain Lorca sitting in the captain's chair on the bridge of the Discovery. It's the first look of the ship's bridge, though it only shows a small portion of what will certainly be one of the most used and important rooms on the ship.
Isaacs is no stranger to staring in a TV series, he has been a part of the main cast of several shows over the last few years - including Brotherhood, Awake, and The OA. He often plays characters with questionable morals or even villains, most famously Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series. With so little known about Lorca and the U.S.S. Discovery at this time, that does mean Isaacs' casting might suggest something sinister going on.
Star Trek: Discovery is set 10 years before the original series, and the first season is supposed to revolve around an event mentioned in previous Star Trek canon but never seen or explored. It's connected to the original series through several characters, including Sarak and Amanda (Spock's parents) and Harry Mudd. And with many celebrity cameos promised, that might only be the beginning of how the new series connects to the original.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS September 24, then the reason of the season will be available on CBS All Access.