Since he first appeared in season three of Star Trek: Discovery, the mysterious character of Kovich has all of us wondering who he is. Part of the mystique is due to Kovich being played by legendary director David Cronenberg, and now the man himself is talking about the character and where he is headed. So, spoilers below.
Cronenberg on Kovich
Here is how the actor describes the character of Kovich and his relationship to Emperor Georgiou to Variety:
He is an interrogator who’s also kind of an academic historian. He plays his cards pretty close to his vest, as does the Emperor. And as he tries to pry open some secrets from her, she actually is doing the same to him.
Cronenberg resolved the mystery of how he ended up with the role, which ends up to be rather routine. Alex Kurtzman was interested in him and as he considers himself a fan of the original Star Trek, he was “delighted” to do it. Being a Toronto native also made it convenient. But Cronenberg reveals he is still finding his way on this new show…
I hadn’t been following Discovery. And of course, in each case, it’s quite a complex universe with a lot of characters and in fact more than one universe, as it turns out. So I can’t say that I have untangled every possible knot in the show at all. [I’m] concentrating, like a good actor, mainly on my character and his particular role at the moment. Really, it’s a “be here now” kind of thing, because I still haven’t figured everything out.
Kovich will be back
As a filmmaking veteran, Cronenberg finds the Toronto production “very impressive,” but he doesn’t see helming an episode himself, describing it as “a very different kind of directing.” As a film director, he’s involved in every element of post-production, for example, but Discovery has a showrunner who oversees those elements and an experienced team in place. However, Variety reports that as an actor, he will be back in season three and then return in season four, which is currently in production.
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery premiere on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. Episodes are available on Fridays internationally on Netflix.
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