James Frain joins Star Trek: Discovery cast as Spock’s father Sarek as filming nears, launch date slips

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James Frain cast in Star Trek: Discovery

British actor James Frain has been cast as Sarek, father of Spock, in Star Trek: Discovery.

Production on the CBS All Acces series, set before the mission of Kirk, Spock, et al, begins next week in Toronto, the studio also announced.

The show’s already-delayed premiere appears to be in temporal flux again, however, with May now fading fast as a launch window, according to CBS in a report from Entertainment Weekly.

The casting announcement was made Wednesday. Frain joins other announced Discovery cast members Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo. Sonequa Martin-Green of AMC’s Walking Dead is reported is to have the lead role as Lt. Cmdr. “Number One” Rainsford, but CBS has not confirmed her casting or the character’s name, yet.

Frain previously had roles in True Blood, Tron Legacy, Agent Carter, Orphan Black and Gotham.

Sarek, a respected Vulcan diplomat for the Federation, was first portrayed in the original series, films and The Next Generation by the late Mark Lenard. In the 2009 theatrical reboot of the original Trek, Ben Cross held the role.

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