Discovery casts Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca and Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly
Jason Isaacs, best known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, will play the Starship Discovery’s commanding officer, Captain Lorca He joins, among others, series lead Sonequa Martin-Green and fellow captain Michelle Yeoh.
According to Deadline, Isaacs’ role will be a “major” one, opposite Martin-Green’s Lt. Cmdr. Rainsford. As this is the first Star Trek series to not center around the captain, it will be interesting to see how that dynamic develops between the two over the course of the series.
Isaacs has played military officers in the past, including supporting roles in Black Hawk Down and Fury. He is also no stranger to streaming television, having recently starred in the Netflix original The OA.
Additionally, Mary Wiseman has joined the cast as Tilly, a Starfleet Academy cadet. Wiseman has previously appeared on Difficult People and Longmire.
Isaacs posted a tweet with a picture of what is now his captain’s chair on Tuesday.
Nice chair. Hope it's comfy. pic.twitter.com/xwfdWAmBQW
— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) March 7, 2017
In addition to Isaacs and Wiseman, the cast of Star Trek: Discovery includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, James Frain, Sam Vartholomeos, Malik Pancholy, Terry Serpico, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo.
The show is currently in production in Toronto and will hopefully premier this fall.
Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) and Kirsten Beyer are serving as a writers and consulting producers with Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry as executive producers. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have been hired as co-showrunners.
Feature photo: Gage Skidmore