Star Trek: Discovery's captain is… Jason Isaacs!

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From Digital Spy

Star Trek: Discovery has finally beamed up its captain - and what a captain it's found!

CBS's upcoming pseudo-prequel has signed up Harry Potter and The OA star Jason Isaacs as the captain of the starship Discovery for its maiden voyage, reports Deadline.

In landing the coveted captain's chair, Isaacs follows in the footsteps of Star Trek greats William Shatner (Original Series), Sir Patrick Stewart (The Next Generation), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager) and of course Chris Pine (Beyond) - to name only a handful.

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His Captain Lorca will break the franchise's tradition in that he's not actually Star Trek: Discovery's lead character - the focus of the show is on his lieutenant commander Rainsford (Sonequa Martin-Green).

Still, it's a huge role for genre favourite Jason Isaacs and will make him a veteran of both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises. He previously voiced The Grand Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels.

Lorca won't actually be the only Starfleet captain we meet in the upcoming series. Michelle Yeoh was previously cast as Georgiou, captain of the rival ship Shenzhou.

Star Trek: Discovery is set a decade before the events of the Original Series - but will reference franchise hallmarks like the Klingons and will feature Gotham's James Frain playing Spock's father Sarek.

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Earlier this week, Spock actor Leonard Nimoy's son even hinted that he'd like to see Star Trek: Discovery digitally recreate his late father in the same way Rogue One: A Star Wars Story did with Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin.

Star Trek: Discovery is coming later this year - likely late summer or autumn - to CBS All Access in the US and Netflix in the rest of the world.

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