Getting Patrick Stewart to once more play Jean-Luc Picard was a huge win for CBS All Access and now EVP of Original Content Julie McNamara is sharing a bit about the casting. Trekkies everywhere were thrilled when ‘Star Trek: Picard’ was announced and each new tease has given us a few more details. We know that the iconic character will be out of Star Fleet even though we’ll see him wear his Captain’s uniform again in at least one flashback. Also, he has a dog named Number One.
We’ve previously heard how excited showrunner Michael Chabon and executive producer Alex Kurtzman are about having Stewart back. We’ve also heard that it was their pitch which got the actor interested in the role.
Now, McNamara is confirming that by stating:
“We approached him at a time when he felt inspired to tell this story in a certain way. When I say ‘We,’ it wasn’t me. It was Alex Kurtzman and Michael Chabon. They made a compelling case. … for looking at Picard in that last act of his life.”
She went on to say that the new idea of not being a Star Fleet captain again was an “idea” that “was compelling to him.”
The one thing fans might have to worry about if they read too much into the statement is that this is the “last act of his life” which one has to hope doesn’t mean that we’ll be seeing Picard die at the end of the series. I’m sure we can all agree that hopefully, this won’t be the case.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Star Trek: Picard’? Do you think that we’re in for a fantastic show with Patrick Stewart back as Jean-Luc again? Could this new series end with the death of one of Star Trek’s most notable characters? Boldly share your thoughts in the comments below!