Since exiting Star Trek: Discovery in a dramatic fashion towards the end of the first season in 2018, actor Jason Isaacs has often talked about a return to the franchise. And being that the big twist for season one was his Captain Gabriel Lorca was actually from the Mirror Universe, the character’s death left the question of the fate of Prime Lorca open, something Isaacs has been talking about for the last four years, and now it appears he has talked about it with the co-showrunner of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Isaacs still ready to suit up as Prime Lorca
Before his time with Star Trek Isaacs was an in-demand actor known for his work in the Harry Potter franchise, and he has remained busy in the last few years, but he still likes to talk about Lorca. When the subject of Discovery came up in a new interview with TheList promoting Isaacs’ new film Mr. Harris Goes to Paris, the actor asked his own perennial question:
Captain Lorca. Is the door shut on Prime Lorca? That’s a question that’s live on the internet, that’s for sure.
Isaacs was quick to say “Sure. Yeah” when asked if he would be interested in returning to Trek, but he wants a good storyline like his big season one Mirror Universe secret:
The story would have to be great. It was a fantastic storyline. All actors ever want is a secret, and I had the biggest secret of all, without spoiling it for anyone. If people haven’t watched it already, it’s unlikely they’ll watch it now, but there is nonetheless a fantastic secret, and I had it to play, and I knew it. Iit means that when you watch it, like when you watch “The Sixth Sense” for a second time, there’s a whole new layer of enjoyment to be had when you know what things turn out to be.
These comments are in line with what Isaacs has been saying for the last four years, however, he did add a new layer, revealing he had the opportunity to talk about the return directly with former Discovery executive producer and current Strange New Worlds co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman:
Prime Lorca is… I’m working with Akiva Goldsman right now, who wrote and directed quite a lot of “[Star Trek]: Discovery,” on a Tom Holland mini series, “The Crowded Room” in New York. We’ve talked about Prime Lorca, and it would have to be as good a story as Season 1 of “Discovery.” I don’t want to come back just because he’s a fan favorite and do some version that isn’t anywhere near as good. If there’s space, they have so many brilliant series up now. “Strange New Worlds” has been a massive hit as well, and “Picard” is a huge hit, but where and if there’s space for a Prime Lorca arc, I’m all up for it. I don’t want to come back just to squeeze into that sausage skintight suit.
If Prime Lorca were to appear on one of the current live-action shows, Strange New Worlds makes the most sense as it is still set around the same timeframe as the first season of Discovery. And obviously, Goldsman is the one to convince to make it happen as he co-created the series. However, due to the episodic nature of the series, it may not fit Isaacs’ goal of a “fantastic storyline,” which could mean he is looking for a multi-episode arc. If it were to happen, the soonest would be for a third season as the second season of Strange New Worlds has already completed production.
With Picard already wrapped, the only other current live-action option would be Discovery, there are likely creative sci-fi ways to work him into the new 32nd-century setting, and there is more of a connection to those characters (at least with his Mirror counterpart). It may be too late to work him into the fifth season which has already started production, but series star Sonequa Martin-Green recently indicated the show will continue into a sixth season and possibly beyond. Short of getting his own spin-off or mini-series, Prime Lorca could also find his way into another future potential Star Trek series, like the often-discussed Michelle Yeoh Section 31 show.
Or maybe Prime Lorca will remain presumed dead, killed onboard the USS Buran in the Mirror Universe.
Keep up with all the news and analysis of the Star Trek Universe at TrekMovie.com.