Jason Isaacs is set to play Captain Lorca in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, and he's okay with the possbility that die-hard Trekkers may have a hard time adjusting to the reboot of the beloved sci-fi franchise.
The 54-year-old Liverpool native said that the new series will throw away the legacy of Patrick Stewart and William Shatner – and expects the show to upset fans.
"I don't mean to sound irreverent when I say I don't care about the die-hard Trek fans," he told NYDailyNews at an event in Los Angeles. "I only ‘don't care' about them in the sense that I know they're all going to watch anyway. I look forward to having the fun of them being outraged, so they can sit up all night and talk about it with each other."
It's good to know that the new series is aiming to be innovative instead of rebooting the same old stuff that Star Trek has been known for.
"It's ‘Star Trek,' but not as we know it," he explains. "There are places obviously where they've observed canon to do with things like uniforms and badges and stuff, but there are places where the rules of storytelling are reinvented."
According to Isaacs, Star Trek: Discovery will be a reflection of our own world.
"I don't know how to explain the anarchy and chaos," Isaacs said, referring to USA's suddenly intolerant position on immigration as an example. "One of the things I can do as a storyteller is be part of stories that hold up a vision for the future where we just do better."
Set 10 years prior to the five-year mission of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery follows the adventures 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.
Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere on CBS on September 24.