He never captained a ship for Starfleet, but Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery) will be in command on the upcoming Disney+ series Nautilus. As Deadline explains, Latif will “play the iconic role of Captain Nemo, the enigmatic Indian prince who steals a fantastical submarine from the East India Company and sets sail in search of adventure under the sea.”
The series, which also has director Michael Matthews on board, is an origin story for Nemo, inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Latif is probably best known as Discovery‘s Ash Tyler (pictured above), who is also a Klingon named Voq who underwent horrifying surgery in order to appear human. (His story is… it’s a lot.) The actor also provided a voice in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and played Dr. Henry Jekyll in Penny Dreadful, meaning that Nemo is his second time playing a member of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
This is director Matthews’ (Love and Monsters) second recently-announced Disney project; he’s also attached to the studio’s Merlin, an adaptation of T.A. Barron’s Arthurian novels.
Nautilus will be written and executive produced by James Dormer, the co-creator of Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands and a writer on the upcoming Dangerous Liaisons series. The series begins filming in Australia next month; no release date has been announced.