A familiar name and face will be behind the camera for Star Trek: Discovery. This morning in Entertainment Weekly, Discovery co-showrunner Gretchen J. Berg revealed that Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes will be helming an episode in the first season.
“Jonathan Frakes will rejoin the Trek world with Discovery. He’s a fantastic guy and great director.”
Added fellow showrunner Aaron Harberts, “Our cast is dying to work with him.”
Frakes began his directing career while he was on The Next Generation as Commander William Riker. His Trek directing career includes episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. He also directed two of the TNG feature films (First Contact and Insurrection).
More recently Frakes has directed for a number of TV series including multiple episodes of TNT’s The Librarians (where he is also a producer) and NCIS: Los Angeles. Earlier this year he also directed an episode of Seth MacFarlane’s Star Trek-inspired sci-fi comedy The Orville. His other credits, sci-fi and otherwise, include V, Falling Skies, Roswell, Leverage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and the 2000 feature film Clockstoppers.
Members of the Discovery team are pretty excited about the news:
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) June 27, 2017
— Bo Yeon Kim (@extspace) June 27, 2017
— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) June 27, 2017
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) June 27, 2017
Definitely a great choice. Frakes described his appeal as a director in an interview several years back:
“I come in on time. [laugh] And I’m a reformed actor, so I think, assuming that people work the way I do, I think it’s good for the actors to know there’s another member of the brotherhood around keeping their on it so it’s not all about the technology. Stay on the story, stay on the characters.”
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