The oft-delayed Star Trek: Discovery has done a remarkable job staying out of the news, except for when new members of the cast are revealed. The big one was when Sonequa Martin-Green was introduced as the main character, a lieutenant commander on the Discovery. While that broke with the tradition of having a captain as the main character, she’s going to be on a ship, and the captain is going to have to show up eventually!
When he does, he’ll be played by Jason Isaacs. Probably best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Isaacs will play the role of the captain of the Discovery, although it’s not been confirmed if he’ll be a regular or a recurring character.
The latter seems likely. While we don’t know how rocky or otherwise production has been, we do know the series was originally slated to premiere early this year. After a showrunner change and a delay to May, the series is now scheduled to premiere in the fall on CBS before moving to CBS All Access, the network’s streaming subscription service. While Isaacs’s captain could be a series regular, it seems likely that he’ll only show up every once in a while if he’s joining the team this late — depends on the level of turmoil after original showrunner Bryan Fuller departed.
Isaacs won’t be the only captain on the show. Michelle Yeoh has been cast as the captain of another ship that will figure prominently into the story. The cast also includes Mary Wiseman, Doug Jones, and Anthony Rapp. Perhaps the most intriguing addition is James Frain, who will play Spock’s dad, Sarek.
So, despite the delays, there’s still reason for optimism. We’ll be here crossing our fingers that Isaacs gets to keep on rocking those white Malfoy locks while in the captain’s chair — hey, Star Trek is all about boldly going, right?.
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