The team behind Star Trek‘s long-awaited TV reprise has finally announced who’ll follow in the footsteps of Captains Kirk, Picard, and Archer, and it’s exciting news for Harry Potter fans.
That’s because Lucius Malfoy, aka actor Jason Isaacs, will be settling into the command chair of the Starship Discovery when the classic sci-fi series returns to our small screens later this year.
It was Jason himself who announced his casting, when he posted the following image — a nod to the role’s iconic history — on his Twitter account last night (March 7):
Nice chair. Hope it's comfy. pic.twitter.com/xwfdWAmBQW
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) March 7, 2017
Hmm. It may be good for a spot of dramatic swivelling, but we’re not sure it’s where we’d want to sit while watching reruns of TNG.
Since Harry Potter, Jason has dropped the bleach-blond locks and popped up in both The OA and A Cure for Wellness. As well as this, he also has a role in upcoming comedy film The Death of Stalin from The Thick of It and Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci.
But Jason’s Star Trek role will be his most high-profile since leaving Hogwarts. Variety reports that he will play Captain Lorca, though he won’t be the show’s center of attention like previous captains. That’s because, unlike earlier Star Trek outings, Discovery will focus not on a captain protagonist, but a lieutenant commander “with caveats.”
That role, as we learned in December, will be played by The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green. According to showrunner Bryan Fuller, she’ll bring a “new perspective on the starship.” And should they encounter zombies while roaming the universe? She’s their woman.
Like Star Trek: Enterprise, the sci-fi franchise’s last TV outing that ended in 2005, this latest series will be a prequel to the events that happened in the original series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy in the 1960s.
Also making up the Discovery’s crew are Orphan Black‘s James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek, Anthony Rapp (Rent) as a “space fungus expert”, Doug Jones (Hellboy, Falling Skies) as an alien science officer, and Mary Wiseman (Baskets) as Cadet Tilly, a Starfleet Academy Cadet in her final year of study.
And as we told you last year, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh will play the captain in charge of another starship, the Shenzhou, while her crew will include Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) and Sam Vartholomeos (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Following) as Dr. Nambue, the chief medical officer, and Ensign Connor, a junior officer in Starfleet Academy, respectively.
How the two starship crews will interact is not yet clear, nor how either of them fit in with the Starship Enterprise. We’re also still waiting on an air date. The 13-episode series has already had a troubled road to the screen, having originally been expected to debut in January, then being delayed until May, before being pushed back a second time to late summer or fall 2017.
Things are starting to look promising, though, after all those delays. Filming started in January, and Jason’s casting represents the final piece of the puzzle.
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