Jonathan Frakes, who is best known for his role of Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation is returning to the franchise. EW is reporting that he will join Star Trek: Discovery as a director. The news came from writer and producer Gretchen J. Berg, who said:
"Jonathan Frakes will rejoin the Trek world with Discovery. He’s a fantastic guy and great director."
Showrunner Aaron Harberts added, "Our cast is dying to work with him." Frakes is no stranger to directing episodes of Star Trek. He directed several episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. He also directed the film First Contact, which was awesome, and Insurrection. He directed several non-Star Trek projects as well for shows such as Burn Notice, Roswell, and more.
Frakes is a great addition to the Discovery creative team and it's cool that they brought him on to help develop the series as a director.
Star Trek: Discovery is set on a new ship and will follow new characters who embark on new adventurous missions while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The trailer came with the tagline, "Before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise there was Discovery".
The cast for the series also includes Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, Doug Jones as science officer Saru, Anthony Rapp as fellow science officer Stamets, Terry Serpico as Starfleet admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as chief medical officer Nambue, Sam Vartholomeos as junior Starfleet officer Connor, Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly, James Frain as Sarek, astrophysicist and father of Spock, Chris Obi as Klingon leader T’Kuvma, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, a Klingon commander, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, Kenneth Mitchell as Kol, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Damon Runyan as Ujilli, and Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd.
The series is set to premiere on September 24th, 2017.