'Star Trek: Discovery' to feature Spock's father

James Frain

James Frain

"We've said from the beginning it's more important to do this right than to do it fast", CBS Television Studios said in a statement. In the wake of this development, the premier of the CBS All-Access show now stands delayed. James Frain will inhabit the role of Sarek, father of the legendary Star Trek character Spock, Star Trek reported.

The potential delay comes after a few bumps in the road for the production. This time it's reportedly not due to creative issues, but instead has to do with star Sonequa Martin-Green.

Star Trek: Discovery was originally scheduled to debut in January and was pushed back to May, with The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight now set to be the first scripted offering on CBS All Access, the network's VOD platform.

As of now, Green is still expected to keep her role with "The Walking Dead" and "Star Trek: Discovery" but fans of the ultra popular zombie series on AMC know that could change at a moment's notice. "There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn't beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows". Since then, however, the series has been dogged by a slow casting process, as well as the departure of former showrunner Bryan Fuller.

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"Production on "Star Trek: Discovery" begins next week". Other regulars include Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo.

One cast member may also be playing a part in the "Star Trek: Discovery" delays that are occurring. First introduced in the original "Star Trek", Sarek has made multiple appearances throughout the franchise over the last five decades.

Some key casting and release date news has arrived for Star Trek: Discovery, the new Trek TV show - set before Captain Kirk's original adventures, featuring new characters and ships - which is set to air online via CBS All Access (in the USA) and Netflix (pretty much everywhere else) in 2017.