USS Discovery Beams Captain Aboard
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 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 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.