Sarek, Spock’s father, is the newest character added to Star Trek: Discovery, scheduled to premiere later this year. Actor James Frain has been cast in the role, a British actor who might be familiar to American audiences as Paul Raines on 24. He has also appeared on Orphan Black, Agent Carter, and Gotham, among his many other credits.
No word yet on what Sarek’s storyline will be, or if his wife Amanda will appear as well, although she was brought up by former showrunner Bryan Fuller as a character he’d love to include on the series.
In other breaking news, the May 2017 premiere date is now off the table. Entertainment Weekly speculates that one of the reasons may be cast member Sonequa Martin-Green, who is also on The Walking Dead, which will be airing through April; they want to avoid what they call “marketplace confusion.” The other reason, they suggest, is that extra time is needed for set design and special effects. They report this statement from CBS:
“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”
As we recently reported, shooting begins next week, January 24th in Toronto. Previously announced cast members include Sonequa Martin-Green (Lieutenant Commander Rainsford), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Georgiou of the U.S.S. Shenzhou), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Doug Jones (Lt. Saru), Chris Obi (T’Kuvma), Shazad Latif (Kol), and Mary Chieffo (L’Rell).