CBS All Access is establishing a firmer link between Star Trek: Discovery and The Original Series.
The nascent streaming service has announced that they have tapped James Frain to play the recurring role of Sarek, the famed father of Spock. The character was originally introduced in the 1960s series and later appeared in an number of feature films and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Frain, best known for his roles as Paul Raines on 24 and Franklin Mott on True Blood, is now the third actor to play Sarek in the Star Trek universe. Mark Lenard first played Sarek in the original series episode Journey To Babel and went on to reprise the role in an episode of The Animated Series, four feature films and and episode of The Next Generation. Ben Cross also played Sarek in 2009’s Star Trek film.
Additionally, while production on the series is on-track to begin next week in Toronto, Canada under new showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, the release window has once again slipped. The series was originally set for a February premiere, which was later moved to May with The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight getting Discovery‘s initial launch window. No new premiere date has been set by CBS All Access as yet, though a late 2017 debut is a safe bet.
“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week”, CBS Television Studios said in a statement released yesterday. “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.”
Devised for television by Bryan Fuller, who recently exited the project, Star Trek: Discovery is set ten years before The Original Series and features a new ship, new characters, and new missions. The lead character is not a Captain as with previous shows but a Lieutenant Commander, played by The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green. Other main cast members include Doug Jones as Lt. Saru and Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets. Recurring cast members include Michelle Yeoh, Shazad Latif, Chris Obi and Mary Chieffo.
Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers. Netflix holds exclusive first window rights to the series in the UK and more than 170 other countries and will make episode available worldwide within 24 hours of their initial broadcast in the United States.