Rumor: Patrick Stewart Teasing Star Trek Discovery Appearance?

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Discovery

Patrick Stewart may be hinting at a role in CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery TV series, possibly as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The fan favorite captain of the USS Enterprise-D on Star Trek: The Next Generation hasn't been a part of the franchise since the final TNG film, Star Trek Nemesis, released in 2002.

After Nemesis flamed out at the box office, and Star Trek: Enterprise was unceremoniously canceled in 2005, the Star Trek franchise went into hibernation until J.J. Abrams launched his blockbuster reboot in 2009, starring Chris Pine as a younger Captain James T. Kirk. However, Star Trek was completely absent from television until Star Trek: Discovery premiered in 2017. Taking place 10 years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series, the TV show follows Spock's adopted human sister, Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green). While the CBS series has remained somewhat separate from past Star Trek properties, a veteran character may appear in an upcoming season.

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In an interview with Red Carpet News TV, Patrick Stewart admitted that he hasn't seen Star Trek Discovery yet, but he "may have good cause to look at it very soon." It's certainly possible that he could reprise his role as Captain Picard on the show, but it's worth taking this information with a grain of salt for now; Stewart could mean that he wants to start watching the show. It's also worth noting the interviewer refers to Discovery as a Netflix series, as that's where it airs outside of North America. Check out the clip below.

In addition to discussing Star Trek Discovery, Patrick Stewart also notes that a new movie is supposed to be out "very soon," which isn't quite right either; both the fourth entry in the rebooted film franchise - slated to be helmed by the franchise's first big screen female director, S.J. Clarkson - and Quentin Tarantino's mysterious, unrelated Star Trek film project are reportedly still in early stages of pre-production. Of course, in filmmaking industry, the word "soon" could refer to any length of time.

Stewart has been open in the past about returning to the captain's chair. He recently voiced enthusiasm specifically at the idea of collaborating on Tarantino's film project. It's less clear how Picard could conceivably play a role in Discovery, as the show takes place a century before the events of TNG. He could conceivably play an ancestor of Picard's - Brent Spiner did something similar as Dr. Arik Soong, the ancestor of Data's creator, in the fourth season of Enterprise. Also, this is Star Trek, so time travel could always come into play. However he might manage to find his way aboard Discovery, fans would surely be thrilled to get another glimpse of Jean-Luc Picard.

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Star Trek: Discovery will air its second season in 2019 on CBS All Access.

Source: Red Carpet News TV

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