The Empire Awards took place today in London and Jason Isaacs won for Best Actor in a TV Series for his role as Captain Gabriel Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery. He beat out competition from Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series), Matt Smith (The Crown), and Dan Stevens (Legion). Isaacs’ win is Discovery’s first award trophy for 2018, although there are still more opportunities at the upcoming at the GLAAD and Saturn Awards.
Isaacs talks Trek fans
Jason Isaacs wasn’t in London to pick up his Empire Award, but the actor has been in the US over recent weeks promoting the release of his new film The Death of Stalin (with happened to win Best Comedy at the Empire Awards today). In an interview with Chicago’s ThirdCoastReview, the actor also talked a bit of Trek:
You’re involved in the “Star Trek” universe now. How special is that for you?
It’s amazing. Obviously I’ve been in the Harry Potter films, so I know what fandom is like. I’ve met some of the fabulous, passionate fans, but they’ve only been fans since the year 2000. There are many people I’ve met now who have been obsessed with “Star Trek” for 50 years. It’s overwhelming, but it’s a new and wonderful thing. Jonathan Frakes, who played Riker [on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”] and directed some of our episodes, has been my guide and mentor though the madness of it all, and he persuaded me to sign up for some of the truly extraordinary “Star Trek” experiences like going on a “Star Trek” cruise with fans. I said to him, “I can’t imagine anything worse.” He said, “I did it, and it’s great, and you’re coming.” It’s a very eclectic bunch of people, as you would imagine, who have in common only that they love “Star Trek” for different reasons—some of them because they like the ships and uniforms, some of them like the philosophy—but they are drawn from a very, very interesting pool, that’s for sure.
Latif: Discovery Season 2 starts production in May
Discovery’s Klingon-turned-human, Ash Tyler – Shazad Latif (who has already been confirmed for season two) was on hand at the Empire Awards and speaking to Empire on the red carpet the actor gave an update on the second season of Discovery saying “We start again in May. We get scripts late, probably the night before we start filming.”
Last month Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman said production on the second season was set to start in April. It’s unclear if Latif’s comment about May means this has changed or if he isn’t personally needed until May.
Harberts tweets about set consturction
On Friday, Discovery showrunner Aaron Harberts gave a sort of update on pre-production for the second season, with a tweet about how set construction “continues apace.”
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) March 17, 2018
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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