Jason Isaacs to Play Captain of Starship Discovery on CBS All Access’ ‘Star Trek’ Series

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Jason Isaacs is the latest cast member to come aboard CBS All Access’ upcoming series “Star Trek: Discovery,” Variety has learned.

Isaacs will play Captain Lorca, the captain of the Starship Discovery.

Isaacs is one of the most high-profile names to be cast in “Star Trek: Discovery.” He joins “The Walking Dead” actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who will star as the lead lieutenant commander, plus James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Anthony Rapp as a space fungus expert, and Michelle Yeoh as the captain in charge of the Starship Shenzhou. Other cast members include Starfleet officers, played by Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking official of Starfleet; Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue, the chief medical officer of the Starship Shenzhou; and Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor, a junior officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Pushed to ‘Late Summer, Early Fall’

“Star Trek: Discovery” was originally set to launch CBS All Access in January 2017, but the hotly anticipated series has been repeatedly delayed and now is pushed to debut late this summer or in early fall. The CBS streaming service was instead kicked off with the help of “The Good Wife” spinoff, “The Good Fight.”

Sources say difficulties casting and behind-the-scenes flux, including Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, are cause for the show’s delay. Last week, CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves spoke at an investor conference, saying he was confident in the quality of the series, and the delay is due to requiring a lot of post production. “It’s important to get it right, and ‘Star Trek’ is the family jewels,” Moonves said.

“Star Trek: Discovery” hails from CBS Television Studios, Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Exec producers are Kurtzman, Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.

For Isaacs, “Star Trek” is his latest streaming series, following Netflix’s “The OA.” Prior, he starred in USA Network’s “Dig” and NBC’s drama series “Awake.” His film credits include “The Patriot,” “Peter Pan” and the “Harry Potter” franchise. Coming up, he’ll appear in Weinstein Company’s “Hotel Mumbai” and Armando Iannucci’s film “Death of Stalin.”

Isaacs is repped by Gersh and Jackoway Tyerman.

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  1. Solwolf says:

    I am LIVID that they are casting yet another white guy as the captain. There has only been ONE woman out of all of the captains. There has only been ONE black man. What is wrong with CBS? Do they not understand the spirit of Star Tek? In the Star Trek universe, this would not happen. I understand that there are people of color and hopefully non-human characters in prominent positions on the show but, that IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

    • EightBit says:

      I hope you realize that by being mad that someone is a certain race or gender makes you a bigot.
      White men can be discriminated against, too.

  2. Mark says:

    Think it is a bunch of crap that we have to pay to watch this. What the hell is CBS thinking? I know that Gene Roddenberry must be rolling over in his grave. Just think if the Star Trek TOS had CBS access back then, the show would have been a flop.

  3. SG says:

    I think you have to start at the beginning.
    Clearly there simply have not been enough cadets of varied ethnicities or planetary origins allowed into Starfleet Academy.

    Obviously, after that happens, you’ll see more diversity on the bridge.

    It’s ALWAYS about extending the educational opportunities–this star date century or the next.

  4. Brad L. says:

    Bring in Robert Blanche from “Grimm” as a security officer! He’d rock it!

  5. SuperHans420 says:

    triggered much? why does it matter what colour his skin is? why does everything have to be about race? would you be mad if there were more Black Female captains than White males? It’s a tv show, get a grip.

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