There are a couple more bits to round up from the series of UK press done by the Star Trek: Discovery cast and crew, starting with Sonequa Martin-Green talking about Michael Burnham’s future. We also have Jason Isaacs weighing in on any possible ‘stunt’ casting of William Shatner.
Martin-Green talks Burnham’s future and Fuller’s departure
One of the things that differentiates Discovery from other Trek shows is how the main protagonist is not a captain. Michael Burnham started as a first officer and then following her mutiny lost her commission entirely, only to be reinstated as a specialist. Speaking to Den of Geek, Sonequa Martin-Green sad she loved the idea of a character with “a story of ascension.” However, when asked if sees the captain’s chair in Burnham’s future, the actress stated:
I definitely think that’s in the future, and that’s part of the journey for sure. We’re certainly not closed off to it, but who knows when. It’s certainly a part of it because that journey to captain has been driving Michael from the very beginning, and definitely since joining Starfleet. That progression and that yearning to ascend is almost a pillar in her personality.
Of course the idea for Martin-Green’s Burnham to not be a captain was part of Bryan Fuller’s vision for the series. The actress was also asked what it was like for her when he left the show and was replaced as showrunner by Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg:
It affected me in the sense that I knew it was happening and I knew it was a decision that everyone felt was best, so I had to support it. I was surprised. I had a great time with Bryan Fuller before we got started – he was my first introduction into this world. He and I had a sit-down and I was quite inspired by his vision. So when he left, like I said I knew it was what everyone decided was best so I had to trust that, I really loved that we were continuing on with his vision. That was very important to Aaron and Gretchen [J. Berg]. So we just banded together and said ‘the show must go on, this is our blueprint and we’re going to keep going.’
Isaacs didn’t want Lorca to be shadow of Stewart’s Picard, + doesn’t want Shatner cameo
As for now, Jason Isaacs plays the captain on Discovery, and when crafting his character he wanted to be sure Lorca was different. Talking to the UK’s Telegraph, he described how he put his own stamp on the character by not using his own accent:
The whole thing’s a collaboration, but there are many things I’ve brought to it that weren’t on the page. I made him Southern because he’s a military man… and I wasn’t aware of any other captains who’d been like that. It was reverse-engineered; Lorca had to be unlike any other captain. I wouldn’t have played him English, as I didn’t want to be a pale shadow of Patrick [Stewart]. I also decided to stand up; so in his little ready room there was a chair, and I said “Let’s get rid of the chair,” because he’s a man of action – he doesn’t like sitting down.
And apparently he thinks one captain is enough on Discovery. Speaking to Metro.co.uk, the actor made it clear he is not on board for the idea of Star Trek’s first captain, William Shatner, showing up, saying:
‘I think people watch good drama shows and they completely suspend their disbelief, they feel like they’re looking through the keyhole at another world, if you do it well enough. If you have stunt celebrity cameo casting, it completely pulls them out of it. They feel like they’re watching a Saturday Night Live sketch. So I just hope people believe our stories, are engaged with them, and I’m happy to meet Will Shatner in real life in a restaurant.’
Speaking to TrekMovie in September, Shatner seemed open to the possibility but noted he wouldn’t want “to do something that was a throwaway sort of gratuitous place in the plotline.”
Star Trek: Discovery is available on CBS All Access on in the US and airs in Canada on the Space Channel. It is available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada.
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