USS Discovery Finds Her Captain, Starfleet Cadet

Star Trek Discovery - Jason Isaacs and Mary Wiseman
 
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USS Discovery Beams Captain Aboard

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News just in that CBS has announced two additional cast members to Star Trek Discovery. Jason Isaacs and Mary Wiseman are the most recent to join the new television series, slated for CBS AllAccess and Netflix.  The announcement brings the total Discovery personnel to three (Lieutenant Commander Rainsford has still not officially been announced by CBS).  We previously wrote about the fact that the USS Shenzhou had a much larger cast than the USS Discovery.  The casting of Isaccs and Wiseman closes that gap.

The casting announcements comes well into the production of Star Trek Discovery, which began filming back in January 2017.

Jason Isaacs

Star Trek Discovery casts Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery
Star Trek Discovery casts Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery

Jason Isaacs will be staring as Lorca, Captain of the USS Discovery.  Isaacs is best known for his work in the Netflix series The OA, as well as Hotel Mumbai.

Unlike all previous Star Trek television shows, the captain of this series will not be the show’s main protagonist.  That will be given to Lieutenant Commander Rainsford.

Mary Wiseman

Star Trek Discovery casts Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly of Starfleet Academy
Star Trek Discovery casts Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly of Starfleet Academy

Mary Wiseman has also been added as a Starfleet Cadet aboard the USS Discovery.  Cadet Tilly is a student at Starfleet Academy assigned to the USS Discovery.  She is in her final year of study at the Academy.

This makes two Starfleet Academy students to be assigned to the Discovery, with Sam Vartholomeos playing Ensign Connor.

Stay tuned for our analysis about what these casting decisions may mean for Star Trek Discovery, and how these character may fit into the series.

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About Enrico Pastellio

Rico became a Star Trek fan after being introduced to it during Star Trek Enterprise's run. After finishing that series, he went back watching TNG, DS9, VOY, and most of the movies. He's a big fan of Star Trek (2009) for its action, but favors the cerebral nature of each tv series. When Rico first heard about the new Star Trek Discovery series (then just know as 'Star Trek'), he immediately wanted to start up a new site about the show. You can email him at enrico@ncc-1031.com.