Disney+ has found a star for its new live-action-adventure series Nautilus.
Shazad Latif is set to 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. Michael Matthews will direct this untold origin story inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Latif is probably best known for his role on Star Trek: Discovery. He played Klingon-human hybrid specialist Ash Tyler the on again off again love interest of Commander Michael Burnam played by Sonequa Martin-Green. Tyler was last seen in the season 2 episode, Such Sweet Sorrow part 2 where he was tasked with heading up Section 31, the not-so-secret intelligence and defence organisation that carries out covert operations for the United Federation of Planets.
Latif was tipped to appear in the Star Trek Section 31 spinoff alongside Michelle Yeoh but there hasn’t been any concrete news on that front. He can currently be seen on the BBC series The Pursuit of Love.
Michael Matthews most recently directed Love and Monsters for Paramount and is also set to direct the upcoming Disney live-action series, Merlin.
Nautilus will be ten-part epic live-action series that tells the never before told origin story of Jules Verne’s most iconic character, Captain Nemo, and his legendary submarine, The Nautilus. James Dormer is on board to executive produce and write the series. Seven Stories and Moonriver TV are producing the series.
Production of the series begins next month in Australia and acknowledges the support from the Australian Government’s Location Incentive, and from the Queensland Government via Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.
The series is written by James Dormer, who also executive produces with Seven Stories and Moonriver TV producing the project. The series was first announced back in August at the Edinburgh TV Festival.