The upcoming Trek fans seem to be most thrilled to see Sir Patrick Stewart return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for the upcoming CBS All Access series. For the first time since announcing his return to Star Trek Las Vegas last summer, Stewart talks about what we can expect at the new show.
The series will cover today and will not require any old make-up
When talking to Yahoo, Patrick Stewart gave a little bit of information about what we expect from the show:
And what we are coming up with is exciting. It's exciting for me because it excites me like an actor. Oh, the story is great. And – I could be so careful about what I say, or I'll feed myself when I say the wrong things. But it has – it refers to the current day at times, and that's all I can say, really. I'm not saying we are today. They were not. But the world found by Jean-Luc Picard is not exactly the world we left behind.
Stewart's comments about the changes we have left him probably relate to changes in galactic politics over the 20 years after his last performance Star Trek: Nemesis. Alex Kurtzman has already made clear that these changes have recently occurred. "Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulus empire."
He also joked about how he did not look as old today as he was doing to look ahead Star Trek: The Next Generation seasonal final "All Good Things". Stewart said he would look like him,
[In “All Good Things”] I grew up my beard and picked me up. I looked older than eighteen years ago before I thought I was saying too much like I was in the upcoming series … Jean-Luc Picard and Patrick Stewart are of the same age.
10-hour movie with more options
Stewart also said the show would consist of ten episodes in a serialized arc that says Yahoo:
He writes a 10-hour film.
One of the questions about the series is whether there will be a limited series or a continuing series. The initial assumption was that the show would be limited, Stewart's commentary on a ten-hour film that is far from being confirmed. A recent report at Variety also showed that the show would be a limited series. However, at NYCC in the fall, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin said the TrekMovie show is planned as an ongoing series with hope for more seasons. In a new conversation with Yahoo Stewart, he added to it all the clear words:
We hope to have more than one season.
Why he signed up
Stewart has also discussed how long he has resisted returning to the role of Picard, but eventually joined a new show after listening to the pitch (probably from executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Michael Chabon and others) for something "very unusual" "Intrigued." Stewart gave further details on the way to his decision and said:
What I was afraid of was somehow, it would be funny. And I do not want to do it. I respect the work that we have done Next generation, and he also changed his life in every direction. I said, "You know what, I think I am." But I asked many questions and the answers were very satisfactory. And I was struck by the cleverness of those people I spoke to, who could tell the story very well and seemed to be tuned in for what the actor might need to hear. So I joined.
Stewart also reported on the production process of the Picard show – which he is also an executive producer – and said:
I've been in the writers' room for a total of three weeks in recent months. The work that is done there is extraordinary. Basically, I just sit and listen. I mean, these ideas of smart guys go back and forth as if, what if anything, no, it would not work, what if.
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