James Frain

The Hollywood Reporter reports  that James Frain (True Blood) is the latest addition to the cast of Star Trek Discovery and will be playing Sarek, Spock's father. He joins other knows actors Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead), Anthony Rapp (Dazed & Confused), Doug Jones (Hellboy), and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

If you're not familiar with Frain, he's a respected British actor and his TV and movie credits include Prime Suspect, Elizabeth, Hilary and Jackie, The Tudors, FlashForward, True Blood and Tron Legacy. More recently, he played Leet Brannis on Agent Carter, Ferdinand on Orphan Black, and Theo Galavan/Azrael on Gotham.

Rather than being a guest character, Sarek will be a key character in the new series.

Here's what he could look like as Sarek. The Vulcan mockup was made by DCJBeers.

James Frain Sarek Mockup

Shooting on Discovery is due to start next week (Jan. 24th).

The show was originally due to air this month (Jan., 2017) but following delays and the departure of original showrunner, Bryan Fuller, the air date was pushed back until May.

However, that revised airdate now also looks to be in question. One reason is that The Walking Dead airs until April and CBS are a little worried about marketplace confusion if they promote Sonequa Martin-Green as the star of an alternative show so soon (in May) after the current season of TWD comes to a close.

Another reason is there’s still a lot of careful deliberation being put into making Discovery special, from the choice of directors, to set design, to the special effects.

When asked for comment, CBS said:

Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. 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.

So when can we expect to see Star Trek Discovery air? Later in the year, October or later, would be my guess. Though around that time, many other shows either reappear or new shows are launched, so there's a lot of competition for viewers' eyeballs. Discovery could be pushed back until January 2018 so it has fewer shows to compete with.

Are you excited by the new show or do you have misgivings about the way things have played out and what that means for the show? Leave a comment below...

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