Star Trek Discovery casts its Captain

Two more join the cast of Star Trek Discovery

As the agonising wait for Star Trek Discovery continues, some pretty huge news has arrived: the Captain has been found.

CBS reports that the most superb Jason Isaacs (The OA, Harry Potter, Event Horizon) has joined the cast as Captain Lorca, along with Baskets star Mary Wiseman.

While Isaacs will be taking the chair, Wiseman will be playing “Cadet Tilly, a Starfleet Academy Cadet in her final year of study, also assigned to the Discovery.”

If you were hoping for more details on Captain Lorca, well, you are going to have to wait, but we do know that he won’t be the show’s lead character. That duty falls to The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green, who’ll be playing Lieutenant Commander Rainsford. Naturally, that’s slightly worrying news for fans of her character on The Walking Dead, and very exciting news for the rest of us, giving the show a new perspective that isn’t from the point of view of the big chair.

The excellent cast also includes James Frain as Spock’s father Sarek (which is spookily good casting), Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru (described as one of a new alien species), Anthony Rapp as fungus expert Lieutenant Stamets (also to be Star Trek’s first openly gay character). Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo will be playing Klingons: leader T’Kuvma, commanding officer Kol and battle deck commander L’Rell respectively.

Terry Serpico plays Admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholy stars Dr Nambue, the chief medical officer on the Shenzhou, which is commanded by Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou, which is also where we’ll find Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor.

Gretchen J Berg and Aaron Harberts are acting as showrunners for the series, while Akiva Goldsman, Vincenzo Natali and Nicholas Meyer are producing. Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, Berg, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and David Semel are serving as executive producers. The first season will consist of 13 episodes.

Star Trek: Discovery will air on CBS All Access later in the year. Get all the latest science fiction news with every issue of SciFiNow.