Star Wars and Star Trek have been the two most famous sci-fi franchises for decades. Characters from both series have become iconic staples of pop culture, even to people who have never even seen a single movie or film in either series. But despite this, in all these years we’ve never seen a proper crossover between franchises. The closest we’ve ever gotten to a proper crossover only just happened, as Mark Hamill and Sir Patrick Stewart “clashed” in a hilarious new Uber Eats ad.
While doing the promotional rounds for the new ad, the former Jedi Master and the ex-Enterprise captain talked to Men’s Journal for a joint interview. The two reminisce about their earliest days playing their respective characters, and the joys of finally getting to work together. Inevitably, the interviewer asks about the long standing Star Wars vs. Star Trek rivalry. Or at least, the perception that there even is one. Sir Patrick said that he and his Trek co-stars actually wished that there could be a crossover between franchises.
Sir Patrick said, “I will admit that, at least for us on Star Trek, we have fantasied about a combined universe between Star Wars and Trek movie. There have been a lot of ideas thrown about on putting together two iconic universes, and having all of these great characters coming into contact. I would personally get such a kick out of that.”
However, mega-conglomerates currently own both franchises, so it seems unlikely a crossover could ever occur. But it’s comforting to know that the actual actors in said franchises have thought about this prospect as often as the fans have. Stewart said Picard would welcome Luke Skywalker on his crew, but he “would be sure to keep a careful eye on him. Because he has a few personality traits that Picard might want to keep tabs on.” He’s not wrong. Luke didn’t even listen to Yoda, he might just ignore Picard’s orders too!
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And Hamill thinks Luke would welcome a tour of duty on the Enterprise, saying, “Luke would very much respect Picard and the Starfleet force as a whole. The Rebel Alliance that he is a part of is much less organized, and would be put to shame as far as execution by what he would see on the Enterprise. I also believe Luke is a life-long student, despite the fact he becomes a Jedi Master, and I think he would have a lot to learn from Picard.”
Both franchise’s corporate owners (not to mention the passage of time) means we’re probably never going to see Stewart and Hamill’s ideas for the ultimate “Trek-Wars” collaboration happen in live-action form. Maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll get some kind of comic book or animated project some day. We know it seems highly unlikely, but less than a decade ago, it seemed equally unlikely that either Hamill or Stewart would play their iconic roles ever again. And look how that turned out! Never say never folks.
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