Jason Isaacs will help the new Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Lorca.


Isaacs will play alongside the lead, Sonequa Martin-Green. He becomes the sixth captain of the Star Trek universe, joining the ranks of William ShatnerPatrick StewartAvery BrooksKate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula.

Isaacs is perhaps best known for his work in the Harry Potter franchise, in which he played baddie Lucious Malfoy. In addition, he played Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot and Michael Caffee n Brotherhood. His acting career is mostly full of villains and bad guys, so the switch to a Starfleet captain is interesting, or perhaps telling of the captain’s role in the upcoming CBS series.

Isaacs has been acting since 1989, with his first role being “Doctor No. 2” in Mel Smith‘s The Tall Guy. He is currently filming Death of Stalin and Hotel Mumbai, and recently co-starred in Netflix’s The OA. Outside of the film and television, Isaacs has done some stage work throughout his active years, most famously starring in Tony Kushner‘s Pulitzer Prize winning play Angels In America.

Star Trek: Discovery will take place about a decade prior to the events of the original series. The cast will feature Martin-Green as the captain’s second-in-command, as well as Maulik Pancholy as the onboard medical officer. Other confirmed actors are Terry SerpicoMichelle Yeoh, and Mary Wiseman.

Production on the series began late January, and is slated to air in late summer or early fall after being pushed back several times. On this topic, CBS chief Leslie Moonves said, “It’s important to get it right, and Star Trek is the family jewels.”


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