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What If Star Trek: The Next Generation Were Cast Today

The Next Generation - Complete Guide to Star Trek

The Star Trek franchise is making a comeback, with a third film set to hit theaters next month and a new TV series airing next year. Some might say that it hasn’t really dropped in popularity since the Original Series first aired in the '60s, but others would argue that the years of Star Trek: Nemesis and Star Trek: Enterprise were a less-than-stellar period in the franchise’s history. Either way, Star Trek is back aboard the reboot train. The new films are rock-solid, and there are high hopes for the upcoming series.

However, the current appetite for reboots and the lack of information about the new series has some fans wondering: could we be seeing a remake of a classic Star Trek chapter in the near future? For many, Star Trek: The Next Generation remains the jewel in the crown of the sci-fi franchise, and it would be incredible to see it re-created in the way that the Original Series has been on the big screen. It may just be a pipe dream, but if a Next Generation reboot is on the way, we’ve already come up with the perfect cast…

(Note: This casting attempts to find new actors with a very similar physical appearance to the original cast. Although gender or race-bending would be welcome in a reboot, we’ve chosen to go for a more straightforward recasting.)

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12Q - John Barrowman

Recasting TNG: Q, John DeLancy John Barrowman

The mischievous Q is a recurring character in The Next Generation – a member of an omnipotent race, played by John DeLancey. Despite having power of all of time and space, Q develops something of a fascination with Picard and the crew of the Enterprise. He often appears to set them “tests” or play elaborate games with the crew – treating them casually, although they are often life-threatening situations. Although he first appears as something of a villain, Q later becomes more of a friendly face – but he is still far from human.

John Barrowman, known for his roles in Doctor Who, its spin-off Torchwood, and more recently, Arrow, has just the kind of ageless playfulness to bring Q back to life. He is used to crossing the line between friend and foe, and has a boundless energy that would be perfect for this role.

11Tasha Yar - Gwendoline Christie

Recasting TNG: Tasha Yar Denise Crosby Gwendoline Christie

Lieutenant Tasha Yar has been described as one of the original “strong women” in sci fi – a security officer, with a tragic and violent past, she gave everything to Starfleet. Although she dies early on in the series, the character is resurrected during a story arc that sees an alternate timeline created, and she is able to avoid her death thanks to some timely advice from Guinan.

Portrayed by Denise Crosby, she is much more than just a “strong woman” – much like the character of Brienne of Tarth, played by Gwendoline Christie. Another female character with a somewhat masculine appearance, Brienne has a lot in common with Tasha – including some unexpected romantic moments. Gwendoline would be a phenomenal choice for a reboot of the series.

10Guinan - Viola Davies

Recasting TNG: Guinan Whoopi Goldberg Viola Davies

Bartender at Ten-Forward, Guinan is the ultimate personification of the bartender stereotype. Wise and always ready to dispense advice, her wisdom comes in part from her incredibly long lifespan – as an El-Aurian, she can live for hundreds of years (and is estimated to be between 500 and 700 on the show). She has a special connection with Captain Picard, and is a huge help to the crew on several occasions.

While it would be difficult for anyone to fill Whoopi Goldberg’s shoes, Viola Davies could be the perfect actress to do it. Known for her roles in The Help and How To Get Away With Murder (as well as in the upcoming Suicide Squad), this Oscar-nominated actress exudes calm and capability. She’d even be able to pull off Guinan’s signature hat!

9Miles O'Brien - Chris O'Dowd

Recasting TNG: Chief O'Brien Colm Meaney Chris O'Dowd

Chief O’Brien actually appeared in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Originally more of a background character, O’Brien was the transporter operator for the Enterprise, before being promoted to the Chief of Operations on DS9. Known for his Irish background and curly hair, Miles is one of the few married characters in the show, and has a daughter.

Originally portrayed by Colm Meaney, Chris O’Dowd would be a fantastic replacement for the chief. The Irish actor and comedian is well-known for his starring role in British comedy The IT Crowd, and is currently working on several films, including Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. He even had a bit part in Thor: The Dark World as Jane Foster’s date.

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