James McAvoy is no stranger to playing a bald man having done so as Professor Xavier in the most recent set of ‘X-Men’ movies. Now he is setting his sites on another hairless gentleman – Jean-Luc Picard. We already know that Patrick Stewart is returning as one of the best “Star Trek” captains of all time and as McAvoy has experience playing the younger version of one of Stewart’s other most notable roles, the actor would like to give this one a go as well!
Stewart has recently shared that the writer’s room has hit warp factor nine as the upcoming series is being plotted out for CBS All Access and on the image which he shared on Instagram, McAvoy was quite happy to offer his services:
“Need a flashback guy???? Just saying @sirpatstew I’ve got previous experience and will work for autographs.”
It isn’t entirely clear if McAvoy is kidding or not, but it would be an entertaining notion to bring the actor in to once again play a younger iteration of Patrick Stewart. If it did happen, McAvoy would become the fifth actor to play Jean-Luc as; David Birkin had previously played him as a child in the 1992 ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ episode “Rascals,” Marcus Nash played a younger version of the iconic character on the 1993 episode “Tapestry,” and Tom Hardy played a younger clone of Picard in the 2002 release of ‘Star Trek: Nemesis.’
Honestly, I’m not really thrilled about this but that is only due to the only flashbacks that I’d love to see would be of events that occurred between 2002’s ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’ and when this series kicks off. While the Kelvin timeline has erased this one from existence, I’d still love to know what happened to the Federation after the film, the events of ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘, and ‘Star Trek: Voyager.’
Would you be amused, annoyed, or indifferent if James McAvoy were to play a younger Jean-Luc Picard in Patrick Stewart’s new series? Do you feel that you would even want a flashback scene of such a younger take of the character? Share your thoughts in the comments below!