'Star Trek: Discovery' Cast News: Captain Jason Isaacs Will Helm USS NC-1031

The captain's chair. CBS Television Studios

The cast for the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery has been missing a captain… until now. Actor Jason Isaacs (Lucious Malfoy, A Cure for Wellness) tweeted he’d be sitting in the captain’s chair for the next Star Trek. The tweet was deleted a few minutes later.

Isaacs will join James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) in the rarefied canon of previous Trek captains.

Here’s the since-deleted tweet:

Jason Isaacs let slip that he'll play Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery NCC-1031. Photo: CBS All Access

However, unlike previous entries in the series, Isaacs’ captain, Lorca, will not be the main character. Instead, Discovery will mostly follow lower-ranking crew members, with Lieutenant Commander Rainsford, played by Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead), as the show’s lead.

The plot of Star Trek: Discovery will also break new ground for a Star Trek series by closely involving multiple ships in the fleet. Isaacs will serve alongside another United Federation of Planets captain played by Michelle Yeoh: Captain Georgiou.

Unfortunately, there may still be a substantial wait before Captain Georgiou, Lieutenant Commander Rainsford and Jason Isaacs’ unnamed captain make it to screen, as Star Trek: Discovery has suffered several delays and setbacks. It’s currently expected to premiere at the end of this summer.

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