James Frain Spock's Dad

Star Trek: Discovery Casts True Blood's James Frain as Spock's Father

Here’s a piece of casting that’s sure to prick up your ears: Star Trek: Discovery has tapped True Blood’s James Frain to play Spock’s father Sarek.

First introduced in the original Star Trek, Sarek has made a handful of appearances throughout the franchise over the last five decades.

At the Television Critics Association press tour in August, the CBS All Access series’ then-showrunner Bryan Fuller said the 13-episode first season would “bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series” and would deal with an incident in Starfleet history “that had been talked about but never fully explored. [We’re telling] that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy.”

Fuller stepped down as showrunner earlier this fall due to creative differences. “I’m not involved in production, or post-production,” he recently confirmed. “So I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them. I’m curious to see what they do with it.”

Frain joins a cast that also includes Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Doug Jones (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) and Chris Obi (American Gods).

The series’ initial Winter 2017 premiere was pushed to May. Now comes word that the reboot likely won’t launch until this summer or fall — first on CBS network before moving to CBS All Access.

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  1. LK says:

    Well he does have a passing resemblance to Mark Lenard who has played Sarek in the past… thats good.. So is it getting pushed back from the May release now?

  2. Bella says:

    The third person to play Sarek, I believe. Mark Leonard (there were so many Leonards in TOS) was awesome, so he has big shoes to fill. But Sarek has always been a great character so I’m delighted that he lives on!

  3. chadcronin says:

    With those ears I see why

  4. dsrbroadway says:

    I’m not going to lie, I’m so over James Frain. Why must he be cast in every genre series?

  5. dannt kight says:

    i liked the last ship,it has agood cast ,very good story line. the coud happen, but i hope not.i think that if the show has more in the of how people can work hard to turn the world around,the star in the show must get the world back on track to help each other this is what we need right now,make all the races work together,show how that this is what the last ship is all about !!! i know that show must get the bad guy , but the hole story is how to the people to work on how to get the world back on track,,,,,,