Good news for those of who have been hoping to get one of the Star Trek family behind the camera — Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and prolific television director Jonathan Frakes will beam up to Toronto to direct one of Discovery‘s first season episodes.
Star Trek: Discovery producers Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg previously paired with Frakes on the WB series Roswell, and revealed the news today to Entertainment Weekly.
“Jonathan Frakes will rejoin the Trek world with DISCOVERY,” writer-producer Gretchen J. Berg told EW. “He’s a fantastic guy and great director.”
Added fellow showrunner Aaron Harberts: “Our cast is dying to work with him.”
Frakes, who got his directing start in TNG’s third season (with “The Offspring”), went on to direct fourteen Trek television episodes in total, and of course two of his crew’s big-screen adventures, both Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
Since graduating from the Trek cast, he’s also had a long career in episodic television directing going back nearly two decades.