'Star Trek: Discovery' Casts Spock's Father, Premiere Date in Flux
By Philiana Ng
Star Trek: Discovery has found Spock’s father.
True Blood alum James Frain has been cast in the role of Sarek in the upcoming CBS All Access series, CBS Television Studios announced Wednesday. The character of Sarek has made several appearances throughout the Star Trek franchise over the last five decades.
The official premiere for Discovery, which was originally pushed from a January launch to May, remains in flux. It is unclear at this time if the debut will be pushed a second time.
"Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week,” read a joint statement from CBS TV Studios and CBS All Access to ET. “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,” the statement continued. “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."
Frain joins an ensemble led by Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp and Michelle Yeoh.
In August, former Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller -- who stepped down because of his responsibilities to Starz’s American Gods -- teased the newest iteration.
“It is a hero, her story,” Fuller said of the female protagonist played by Martin-Green, adding that it was important to “make sure there was a strength and a sensitivity and also an amusing neuroses that goes with exploring space, which is incredibly dangerous and potentially terrifying.”