It looks like Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed back yet again, but the CBS All Access series has also found another key character: Spock’s Vulcan father Sarek.
EW has revealed that James Frain (Gotham, Orphan Black) has landed the coveted role of Sarek in the highly anticipated series, which will begin filming next week in Toronto.
As for the delay, EW reports that there are two main reasons behind it, with the key one being that CBS is concerned about marketing the series while its star Sonequa Martin-Green‘s other show (The Walking Dead) is still on air. The other one is that the network wants to take its time with the series to deliver something special, which makes sense.
Here’s CBS’ full statement on the matter:
“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”
This is the second time that Discovery‘s premiere date has been delayed. The series had a major behind-the-scenes shake-up back in October when Bryan Fuller stepped down from his role as showrunner, but Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will be replacing him. Akiva Goldsman is also on board as an executive producer.
The cast of the series also includes 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 a character who’s described as an “astromycologist, fungus expert and Starfleet Science Officer” abroad the U.S.S. Discovery, as well as Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and newcomer Mary Chieffo as Klingons.
Star Trek: Discovery doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but we’ll keep you updated.