Production on the third season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds began in early December, and thanks to one of the directors, we now know how far along they are.
That’s a wrap on episode 302
Today’s update comes from director Jordan Canning, who has been directing the second episode of the season. Earlier today, she took to her Instagram to post a picture of herself in the captain’s chair with the message “That’s a wrap on 302, and I’m missing it already. Didn’t think I could possibly love this show, this cast, and this crew more than I already did. Can’t wait to share our truly epic episode when it’s all done.” 🖖🏼
This is Canning’s second time behind the camera for the series; she also directed episode 5 in season 2 (“Charades”). Her feelings for the cast are reciprocated: After Canning’s post, actress Jess Bush (Christine Chapel) followed it up with an Instagram story declaring today “Jordan Canning Appreciation Day,” with the message “Missing you already.” Nothing is known about the “epic” episode Canning just directed. She did share a photo (via Instagram story) from the USS Enterprise bar set on day 7 of shooting (January 16).
The third season of Strange New Worlds began filming on Monday, December 11, in Toronto with producing director Chris Fisher helming the season premiere. The team took an extended Christmas/New Year break, and resumed filming in the second week of January. Factoring in the break, it appears the team is keeping to the usual schedule of around 2 weeks of filming for each episode. The 10-episode season is scheduled to take just over 5 months, set to wrap up on May 21, 2024. Strange New Worlds usually has a mix of 10 directors for each season, helping give the show a mix of different styles and genres. We don’t have a full list of directors for season 3, but we do know TNG veteran Jonathan Frakes, who directed the fan favorite “Those Old Scientists” crossover with Lower Decks in season 2, will be returning.
Production of season 3 of Strange New Worlds was delayed by last year’s WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes; it was originally set to begin in early May 2023 and would have wrapped up late in the year. It is unknown when season 3 will debut on Paramount+ but due to the strikes delaying production, it may not be until 2025.
The second season of Strange New Worlds, which wrapped up in August, was a hit for Paramount+. The show picked up a series of Critics Choice Awards and Saturn Awards nominations. The full cast is set to return for season 3, which will also feature Scottish actor Martin Quinn as Scotty, who made his debut in the season 2 finale “Hegemony.” The showrunners have teased that more TOS characters are “inevitable,” although it’s unclear if we’ll see them in season 3. Even though the show will remain episodic, the Gorn are set to recur as villains. Co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman did confirm the series would continue to “genre hop” and attempt to once again do it “bigger and better” in season 3.