Jonathan Frakes Boards ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ As Director

Star Trek Discovery Jonathan Frakes Entertainment Weekly has revealed Jonathan Frakes will be returning to the Star Trek franchise to direct an episode of CBS’s upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series.

Frakes himself previously played Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in several Star Trek films as well. The actor also has a long list of directing credits under his belt including episodes of Star Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. In addition, Frakes also directed the Star Trek film First ContactDiscovery showrunner Aaron Harberts revealed that the cast is incredibly excited to work with Frakes telling EW, “Our cast is dying to work with him.”

Plot details on the prequel series are still under wraps, however, Star Trek: Discovery will be a darker, grittier take on the bright and shiny science fiction franchise as it follows Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham who makes a difficult choice that will impact the entire universe leading to her exit First Officer on the Starship Shenzhou to serve under the captain of the Discovery Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs).

Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout, Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment with Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serving as exec producers.

The series also stars Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, James Frain as Spock’s father, Sarek, Doug Jones as a Starfleet Science Officer and a member of a new alien species, Saru, Anthony Rapp the astrobiologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer, Stamets, Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, security officer of the Starship Discovery, Terry Serpico as Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as Nambue, Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Mary Wiseman as Tilly, Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Damon Runyan as Ujilli, Kenneth Mitchell as Kol as well as Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan as Dennas and Ujilli, leaders in the Klingon Empire. Here’s the official synopsis:

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.”

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m ET/PT on CBS with the following fourteen episodes set to follow exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service weekly. The season is set to be released in two halves with the first eight episodes running from September 24 through November 5 followed by the second half picking up in January 2018. CBS All Access is available for $5.99/month.

Source: EW

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Pictured: Chris Obi as T’Kuvma. Photo Cr: Jan Thijs. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access.

“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.”

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Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV Reporter and the News Editor at Heroic Hollywood.