James McAvoy has offered to once again play a younger version of Patrick Stewart, this time in the form of a young Picard for the character's new Star Trek series. The new Picard-led Star Trek show will air on the CBS All Access streaming service, where CBS hopes to keep Star Trek shows airing all year long.
Star Trek has certainly had a long run in pop culture. The first Star Trek show aired from 1966-1969, and while the original series was rather short-lived, star William Shatner would go on to play lead character Captain Kirk in seven movies, before the franchise began completely focusing on a new set of characters. There have been multiple follow-up series over the years, including The Next Generation starring Stewart as Picard, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and the latest Discovery. The series has also had its fair share of cinematic adventures sprinkled over the years, including the immensely popular current trilogy produced by J.J. Abrams. Quentin Tarantino is now developing his own Star Trek movie, a fourth film in Abrams' series is still expected to happen, and the new series revolving around Picard is in pre-production. Needless to say, Star Trek is one property that has shown no signs of slowing down.
When Stewart posted a photo on Instagram recently of the new Picard series' writers room, McAvoy commented, "Need a flashback guy????” Just saying @sirpatstew I’ve got previous experience and will work for autographs." Stewart's original post can be seen below.
Stewart previously confirmed his return to the franchise when he attended the Star Trek Las Vegas convention. Not a lot is currently known about the upcoming series; however, it will be focusing on the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard's life. Even after his most recent Star Trek role in 2002, Stewart has stayed busy with acting. Shortly before his time with Star Trek ended, Stewart jumped into another franchise; X-Men. Patrick has appeared in a total of seven X-Men movies as Professor Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was McAvoy's second time playing the younger version of Stewart's character.
Much like Stewart, McAvoy has had a successful acting career. Aside from his X-Men role, McAvoy has starred in films like Wanted, Atomic Blonde, and Split. He will also be starring in the upcoming It: Chapter Two, as well as M. Night Shyamalan's third film in the Unbreakable series, titled Glass. Fans were very accepting of him playing a young version of Professor X, so he would likely be a good fit for the new Picard Star Trek series, if they ever do need to cast a young version of Picard.
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