It’s time once again to ponder the possibility of Jason Isaacs returning to Star Trek. The Discovery season one star is talking about Prime Lorca and what it would take to get him back in the captain’s chair.
Isaacs: There’s a clamor for more Lorca
Actor Jason Isaacs is out promoting his new movie Creation Stories, and during interviews, he’s inevitably asked about his possible return to his best-known roles, which are spread out across the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Star Trek franchises. With regards to reprising roles in general, Isaacs insisted to comicbook.com that it always comes down to the writing first:
“It’s always in script. There’s no part I’m interested in, there’s no people, no matter how much I admire them and I’m into them, it’s always the script. It’s always, what story am I telling? I wouldn’t ever want to go milk something just to please the fans or my bank manager. I try and find something that has something in it that will make me entertained… I don’t want to just be in things because other people want to see them. I want to be able to play something. “
While generally non-committal, Isaacs did point to some particular interest for Star Trek, continuing:
“So, in all the things you’ve mentioned, I felt like I had something great to play. And, for instance, there’s a clamor often for me to go back to Star Trek. Had a fantastic time on Star Trek, I loved all the people, I love being part of that universe, and Prime Lorca, the Prime Universe version of my captain, has yet to be found. But I wouldn’t go back just to be in it, I’d go back if you had a great story to tell.”
Of course, after it was revealed late in season one of Discovery that the Captain Lorca was actually from the Mirror Universe, it did leave the fate of the original Lorca as an open question.
The idea of returning as Prime Lorca is something the actor has been thinking of since wrapping his work on Discovery. A year ago, Isaacs indicated he had talked to Star Trek producers about returning to the franchise, saying “when and if we come up with something we think is fabulous I will happily go on a starvation diet required to slip into the snakeskin uniform again.”
It’s hard to imagine Isaacs saying no to getting his own Star Trek show or miniseries, but projects of that scale may not fit into Paramount+’s plan for Trek; there are already three live-action series currently in production, at least in the short term. However, a guest spot or arc on one of those series is always a possibility. Star Trek: Discovery has jumped into the 32nd century, so it may no longer be the best place for Prime Lorca’s debut; a better fit could actually be in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which is still firmly set in the 23rd century. And there could even be a place for him in Star Trek: Picard with all the time-warping possibilities coming in season two.
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