Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes Set to Direct an Episode of ‘Star Trek: Discovery”

Jonathan Frakes as Commander Riker on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" via

CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery” has welcomed a “Star Trek” alum to its ranks. Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is set to direct an episode of the new “Star Trek” series, to the delight of the series’ cast. In an interview with EW, writer and producer Gretchen J. Berg (“Revenge”)said, “Jonathan Frakes will rejoin the Trek world with Discovery. He’s a fantastic guy and great director.” Showrunner and writing partner Aaron Harberts (“Off The Map”) also chipped in, “Our cast is dying to work with him.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” stars Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”), Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”), Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter” series), Doug Jones (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) and Anthony Rapp (“Rent”). According to EW, the show follows Martin-Green, a Starfleet First Officer who was the first human to be educated on Vulcan. The officer will reportedly make an enormous decision that will forever change the Federation.

Frakes is best known for his role as Commander Riker, First Officer to Patrick Stewart’s (“Logan”) Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Along with acting on the hit sci-fi series, Frakes is also known for his work as a director. The sci-fi star directed 8 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” along “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” He continued to do so after the series ended, with 38 directing credits to his name. Frakes has directed episodes of “NCIS: LA,” “Burn Notice,” “Castle,” Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Leverage” and “The Librarians.” He also directed “Star Trek” films “First Contact” and “Insurrection.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” premieres this fall on Sunday, September 24. Watch the trailer below.

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