Star Trek: Discovery has really been coming together, despite a couple of setbacks that have prevented the show from debuting as early as CBS originally wanted. But a major piece of the puzzle, arguably the most important piece when it comes to a Star Trek project, has just been put into place. It looks like former Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs has been tapped to play the new captain in Star Trek Discovery.
According to a report from Deadline, Jason Isaacs will be joining up with Starfleet as the captain of the USS Discovery. His character will be named Captain Lorca and he will have some big shoes to fill with his new role in Star Trek: Discovery. Other actors who have played captains in Star Trek shows include most famously William Shatner and Patrick Stewart, but Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula have all also commanded their own Starfleet ships. In recent years, Jason Isaacs has been working on slightly smaller projects when compared to Harry Potter, such as The Infiltrator and A Cure for Wellness. He also worked on the first season of Star Wars Rebels, providing the voice for The Inquisitor as well as appearing on the Netflix series The OA.
While the actor Jason Isaacs will surely be taking some cues from the captains that came before him, but with how Star Trek: Discovery fits into the timeline, Captain Lorca will actually be influencing a lot in terms of the history the franchise. For those who may not know, this new show will be taking place roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series. That means even though Captain Kirk was the first Starfleet captain we ever became familiar with in pop culture, Captain Lorca preceded him. This show will also be taking place outside of the "Kelvin Timeline" that the current movies take place in.
Jason Isaacs is joining a very stacked cast that is already in place for Star Trek: Discovery. The rest of the cast includes Doug Jones, Sonequa Martin-Green, Maulik Pancholy, Anthony Rapp, Terry Serpico, Michelle Yeoh, Mary Chieffo, Shazad Latif and Chris Obi. Originally the show was going to be Bryan Fuller serving as showrunner for the series, but he had to step away due to his commitments with American Gods and other projects. Though, he is still serving as an Executive Producer on the series.
Star Trek: Discovery does not yet have an exact premiere date, but it is expected to debut in late summer or early fall. The show will air its first episode on CBS, but the series will live on the network's streaming service CBS All Access. Star Trek: Discovery season 1 will consist of 13 episodes and while we can't say exactly when we will be able return to the world of Star Trek on TV, we do know that a solid actor has been put in place as the captain of the USS Discovery and that should be encouraging to eager fans.