Seventeen years after his last appearance in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis, Sir Patrick Stewart will return to the role that made him famous. CBS has greenlit a new series centered around Jean-Luc Picard in his older years. The as yet untitled TV show will air on CBS All Access, home of Star Trek: Discovery, and see a return to the franchise's 24th century time period.
Stewart took to the stage at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention in August 2018 and announced the series and his return to the role that made him a household name. Production is scheduled to commence on the series in April 2019. Here is everything we know about the Picard TV series so far:
Who Stars In This New Series?
Besides Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, Santiago Cabrera (Heroes) and Michelle Hurd (Blindspot) have also been cast as series regulars. We don't know who they're playing yet.
What Is The Show About?
The show is set exactly 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, in the year 2399. The destruction of the planet Romulus will play a crucial role in the narrative of the series; the planet, home of the Federation's dreaded Romulan Empire, was destroyed in the 2009 Star Trek movie. Jean Luc-Picard will no longer be a Captain in Starfleet, and Patrick Stewart has said his character will be "a very different individual" from when we last saw him. Interestingly, the series will take place roughly at the same time as the "future" segments of the final Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "All Good Things."
Who Is Behind the Scenes?
Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery and the co-writer of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, is the executive producer for the untitled Picard series. Patrick Stewart himself will also be an executive producer, as well as Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, and Rod Roddenberry. Hanelle M. Culpepper is directing the pilot episode; she's the first African-American woman to ever helm a Star Trek pilot. Picard's former Number One on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jonathan Frakes, is also confirmed to direct at least one episode.
Will We See Other Classic Trek Characters?
Unknown. But almost all of Patrick Stewart's Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars have expressed interest in appearing in some capacity. Since The Next Generation took place roughly in the same era as Deep Space Nine and Voyager, characters from those series could easily appear as well. But no casting announcements have been made for classic Trek actors....yet.
Will There Be a Starship?
We know Picard will no longer be Captain of the Enterprise in this series, but aside from Deep Space Nine, every single Trek series has been set on on a starship of some kind. Will this be any different? This is only speculation, but CBS filed trademarks for the names Star Trek: Reliant and Star Trek: Destiny sometime in 2018. Could one of these be the name of the ship the show is based on, and maybe even the name of the series?
Is This a Mini-Series or a Regular Continuing Series?
At first, we thought this Picard-centric show would be a limited event series, running perhaps one single season. However, at a recent red carpet event, Patrick Stewart mentioned the series could run for up to three seasons.
When Will the Series Debut?
Still unknown, but all signs point to a premiere towards the end of 2019, although it could get pushed to early 2020.
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