We are still a bit away from learning any major casting news for 2017’s STAR TREK revival on the CBS All Access streaming platform, but we’ve got one new name that may be associated with the new show: award-winning production designer Mark Worthington.
While we have not yet been able to officially confirm this with CBS, Worthington has begun to list this appointment on his resume at Worldwide Production Agency, his professional representation.
If true, the sets for the new Trek series will be created by Worthington, who has been nominated for five Emmy awards and ten Art Directors Guild awards for his work on American Horror Story, Ugly Betty, and the pilot episode of LOST in 2004.
1. 2004: Lost – “Pilot”
Worthington took the now-famous Oceanic Flight 815 plane crash set from sketch to screen for 2004’s launch of LOST on ABC, an outdoor location on Mokulē’ia Beach on Hawaii’s island of Oahu.
2. 2011 – Present: American Horror Story
The imaginative sets of FX’s annual horror anthology have been crafted by Worthington each year since the show’s launch in 2011, with a wide variety of themes from a disturbing carnival, a mental asylum, and most recently, a terrifying hotel.
3. 2015 – Present: Scream Queens
The Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house at Wallace University serves as home to FOX’s Scream Queens, a 360-degree set designed by Worthington for the network horror series.
4. 2006: Ugly Betty
Worthington brought a futuristic look to the ultra-modern offices of MODE Magazine, the main setting for the four-year run of ABC’s Ugly Betty.
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In addition, Worthington has begun to include preliminary design sketches on his portfolio site, apparently by multiple artists.
Concept art removed by request.
The production designer is a huge job, especially for a Star Trek series – where this person is in charge of crafting all the major and minor sets used in shooting, from the bridge of a starship to the cockpit of a shuttlecraft.
Of course, famed artist Matt Jefferies led design on the original Trek series. In the Next Generation era, Herman Zimmerman served as production design on TNG, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and six of the Star Trek feature films, while Richard James helmed production design on Voyager.
UPDATE – JUNE 6, 4:45PM ET: TrekMovie.com is now reporting that Worthington confirmed his participation to them directly last month.
UPDATE – JUNE 6, 1:20PM ET: At the request of parties involved we have removed both the concept art and the previously noted project title.