EXCLUSIVE: Jason Isaacs On How Captain Lorca In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Isn’t Like Other Captains

Today we have got a closer look at the U.S.S. Discovery, so how about getting to know the captain. At the Hollywood blue carpet premiere of Star Trek: Discovery, TrekMovie had a chance to speak with Jason Isaacs about the message of show, what makes his Captain Lorca different and why he seems to avoid sitting in the captain’s chair. The full video interview and highlights are below.

It Wouldn’t Be a Story Worth Telling Without a Message

Jason Isaacs is known for speaking his mind, including when it comes to politics. Regarding if Star Trek: Discovery had a message, Isaacs noted:

“I think if there [weren’t] a message it wouldn’t be worth making. We’d be making a bumper sticker.”

The actor went on to praise the Discovery story, and why it tells an important story that is relevant today.

“I think it’s a brilliant story. [It’s] well told with interesting characters, surprises, twists and plots. I think subliminally you see a vision of the future where you’re not judged by gender, or race or even species… or sexuality, or any of those things. People are judged by what they do, what they say and how they work together. I think that’s an important message to send out in these times where people are trying to sow the opposite, and sow hatred and division.”

Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca

Why Lorca Avoids the Captain’s Chair

Watching the various clips that have been released you may notice that Captain Lorca is rarely seen in the the iconic captain’s chair. Isaacs explained why:

“I didn’t sit down for the first couple episodes. Partly because we had a bunch of battles and I like standing in front of the screen and conducting the weaponry like an orchestra… and partly because I was putting off sitting in the chair because it’s such an iconic moment.”

How Lorca Is Different Than the Captains That Have Come Before

The actor also outline how he saw Lorca being different than other Star Trek captains:

“He is different than these other [captains] and the situation is different. We’re at war, and there’s something passive about sitting in the chair. He’s an action guy. He wants to get stuff done… sitting in the chair doesn’t quite feel quite active enough for him.”

Jason Isaacs in Star Trek: Discovery

More from Hollywood premiere


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Doug Jones On Saru And Burnham Fighting Over The Captain’s Chair In ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Mary Chieffo Talks L’Rell And Klingon Episodes Of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Ted Sullivan On Canon Challenge Of Fitting ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Between ‘Enterprise’ and TOS

Sonequa Martin-Green On ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Captain’s Chair And Nichelle Nichols Blessing

Neville Page And Glenn Hetrick Talk Designs For Different ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Klingon Houses


TrekMovie has more interviews with Discovery cast and crew. These will be posted over the next few days so stay tuned.


Star Trek: Discovery premieres tonight, September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US.  In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere  on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.

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