Star Trek: Discovery finally has its captain. Film and television veteran Jason Isaacs has just been tapped for the upcoming Trek series. In addition Discovery has also found a new cadet. More details on both castings below.
From Slytherin to Starfleet – Isaacs Takes The Discovery Captain’s Chair
Today CBS officially announced that 53-year-old British actor Jason Isaacs has been added to the cast of Star Trek: Discovery. According to the release, Isaacs has been cast in the role of Captain Lorca of the Starship Discovery. Isaacs has a career spanning decades with credits including Black Hawk Down, The West Wing, The Patriot, Armageddon, and Event Horizon. He is probably best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise. He also recently was seen as the lead villain in the Netflix series The OA.
Isaac’s Lorca is reported to be a major role, however – in a departure from Star Trek shows of the past – the lead point of view character for Discovery will be the first officer, Lt. Commander Rainsford played by Sonequa Martin Green.
Isaacs followed up the announcement with one of his own on Twitter.
Nice chair. Hope it's comfy. pic.twitter.com/xwfdWAmBQW
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) March 7, 2017
Discovery adds a cadet
CBS has also announced that actress Mary Wiseman will be cast as Tilly, a Starfleet Academy Cadet in her final year of study assigned to the U.S.S. Discovery. Wiseman, a recent graduate of Juilliard, has appeared in the current season of the FX series Baskets, and had a recurring role on Netflix’s Longmire.
Star Trek: Discovery is expected to premiere early this fall with the first episode showing on the CBS Television Network and all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. The show will seen on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.
For a look at the rest of the cast, revisit our previous articles on casting announcements: Sonequa Martin-Green, James Frain, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo, along with Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, and Michelle Yeoh.