Jonathan Frakes is set to direct an episode in season one of Star Trek: Discovery
Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in subsequent films, is set to direct an episode of the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, EW reports. Jonathan Frakes has directed numerous episodes of television in the Star Trek franchise, as well as shows like Leverage, Burn Notice and Castle. He also helmed two theatrical Star Trek films (1996’s First Contact and 1998’s Insurrection) and is also serving as director for an upcoming episode of the Seth MacFarlane Trek-inspired FOX comedy series, The Orville.
Star Trek: Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
The Star Trek: Discovery cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Doug Jones as science officer Saru, Anthony Rapp as fellow science officer Stamets, Terry Serpico as Starfleet admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as chief medical officer Nambue, Sam Vartholomeos as junior Starfleet officer Connor, Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly, James Frain as Sarek, astrophysicist and father of Spock, Chris Obi as Klingon leader T’Kuvma, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, a Klingon commander, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, Kenneth Mitchell as Kol, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Damon Runyan as Ujilli, and Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd.
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 serve as executive producers. The series will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere on CBS All Access on September 24.
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