The U.S.S. Discovery has finally found its captain.
EW reports that Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs has joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery in the key role of Captain Lorca. His name and the fact that he’s the titular ship’s captain are the only things that are known about the character for the time being, but more details should be revealed as we get closer to the show’s premiere.
Isaacs joins The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays the show’s lead character, the Lieutenant Commander of the Discovery. The cast also includes James Frain as Spock’s father, Sarek, as well as Michelle Yeoh as a Starfleet Captain, Doug Jones as a Starfleet Science Officer and a member of a new alien species in the Star Trek universe and Anthony Rapp as another crew member who’s described as an “astromycologist, fungus expert and Starfleet Science Officer.” Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and newcomer Mary Chieffo are also on board as Klingons, among many others.
The series begun filming this January after Bryan Fuller stepped down from his role as showrunner last October. The Hannibal creator wrote the first two episodes and developed the story arc for the show’s first season, but he won’t be contributing in production beyond that. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are replacing him, with Akiva Goldsman also involved in a top creative role.
Originally, Discovery was set to bow on the CBS All Access service in January and then May before being delayed for a third time. The series doesn’t have an official premiere date yet, but CBS chief Les Moonves recently announced that it would makes its debut in the late summer or early fall of this year. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE: EW adds that Longmire actress Mary Wiseman has joined the upcoming show as another Discovery crew member named Tilly, who’s described as “a Starfleet Academy Cadet in her final year of study.”