With production now well underway on Star Trek Discovery and Jason Isaacs recently cast in the supporting role of Captain Lorca, fresh details have emerged about series lead Sonequa Martin-Green's character on the show.
Martin-Green will be playing First Officer Michael Burnham, a lieutenant commander on the USS Discovery. Talking to TV Line, she discussed the shift away from the captain as the lead character.
Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain, to be coming from [this new] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling."
And on taking the lead role on such a profile show as the new Star Trek...
“There’s definitely a lot of responsibility to being the lead of any show and obviously to be the lead of this, [an offshoot of] one of the most popular, if not the most popular, television series of all-time… you can certainly get lost in it if you allow yourself to, and just sort of be frozen.
“...But I hope that I can bear the weight, if you will, of this legacy and of this story, because I certainly want to do it justice.””
And discussing the theme of Star Trek: Discovery, don't expect it to be all bright and glossy like Star Trek: The Next Generation or Star Trek: Voyager.
“This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon. It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey.”
Meanwhile, one classic character from the original Star Trek series will be making a return. Rain Wilson has been cast as Harry Mudd. Roger C. Carmel played the con man who appeared in a couple of episodes of the 1960's show. He's the second classic character to be recast for Star Trek: Discovery, with James Frain also playing Spock's father Sarek.
More news on Star Trek: Discovery and its UK air date on Netflix when we have it.