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Star Trek Legacy release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

Star Trek Picard is over, and it sets up a whole new show. Prepare to get excited, here's all our speculation on the Star Trek Legacy release date and more.

Star Trek Legacy release date - Captain Seven of Nine with Enterprise G in background

When is the Star Trek Legacy release date? Even with the finale of Star Trek Picard now a long-distant memory, there’s only one thing on the minds of Star Trek fans across the world: Star Trek Legacy.

Star Trek Legacy is a potential upcoming Star Trek series from the showrunner of Star Trek Picard season 3, Terry Matalas. The show would be led by Captain Seven of Nine, and continue the story of the Star Trek characters established within Picard. There’s already a lot we know, and a lot we don’t, but one thing’s for certain: fans want it. Still, there’s a caveat. As Matalas has said unequivocally, Star Trek Legacy is just an idea, and isn’t officially in development.

But, with the reception to Star Trek Picard season 3 having been overwhelmingly positive alongside strong viewing figures, there’s undoubtedly an appetite for more. The cast and crew has also been vocal on wanting to continue the story of the USS Enterprise-G, and Star Trek Picard season 3 episode 10 directly sets up a sequel. With that in mind, here’s all our speculation on the Star Trek Legacy release date, cast, plot, and much more.

Star Trek Legacy release date speculation

Summer 2025 is currently a realistic release date for Star Trek Legacy, so long as the series is confirmed before the end of 2023. On the plus side, as Star Trek Picard season 3 was one of the most successful shows on Paramount Plus this year, the streaming service will want to capitalize on a sequel series quickly.

However, whether or not this happens will depend on multiple factors, including a swift resolution to the ongoing 2023 Writers Strike, and this remains the primary obstacle. And, there’s also the actual development of the series itself which would need to be progressing positively, and smoothly.

Star Trek Legacy release date - Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Speaking on the status of this with Variety, Matalas said, “We want to make sure we don’t rush into [a Star Trek Legacy series]. We want to make sure we do it right. That’s where we’re at with it, I say coyly. At the moment, there’s nothing developed on it.” Since then, Alex Kurtzman (who oversees the production of Star Trek on TV) has also had similar comments. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear. There’s obviously more story to tell. So, we’ll see.”

That all sounds incredibly positive, and there’s clear a momentum behind the series as well as a desire to see it come to fruition from those making the decisions. In theory, if it were to receive the greenlight, Star Trek Legacy could begin some form of production in early-2024, which would mean that a Star Trek Legacy release date could be as soon as late-2024, or more likely 2025.

Star Trek Legacy release date - Ed Speleers as Jack Crusher

Who will be in the Star Trek Legacy cast?

Thanks to the end of Star Trek Picard season 3, we have a solid idea of who will star in the Star Trek Legacy cast, which would be led by Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine. In addition, audiences would see the return of Jack Crusher, now and ensign, as well as Raffi, who serves as the first-officer aboard the Enterprise-G.

There are a few other faces from Picard season 3 would also be likely to return (some of the bridge crew, like Esmar, Mura, and Doctor Ohk, unless they transferred off the ship), and naturally, these cast members would be joined by newcomers and guest stars, too. These could even include some faces from the Star Trek The Next Generation cast, and with Jack Crusher onboard it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Gates McFadden were to return as Admiral Crusher once again in a guest capacity.

Star Trek Legacy cast list speculation:

  • Jeri Ryan as Captain Seven of Nine
  • Michelle Hurd as Commander Raffi Musiker
  • Ed Speleers as Ensign Jack Crusher
  • Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut as Sidney La Forge
  • Todd Stashwick as Liam Shaw
  • Joseph Lee as Lieutenant Matthew Mura
  • Tiffany Shepis as Doctor Ohk
  • Jin Maley as Ensign Esmar

Star Trek Legacy release date - Gates McFadden as Doctor Crusher

Yes, you read that right. If Star Trek Legacy does get made, fans will get to see Todd Stashwick return as Captain Shaw. Terry Matalas has confirmed so himself, saying: “Should there ever be a spin-off — and let me be clear, there is nothing in development at Paramount — but should one day the stars align, there was a plan from day one for Todd [Stashwick] as [Captain] Shaw to be a part of it.”

Continuing, he said, “How, you ask? It’s amazing. And that’s all I will say. And every time Todd and I talk about it, we get chills. And no, it is not a cop-out. It’s kinda incredible and moving and fresh, and I hope one day we get to do it.”

So that’s that, then: to the delight of fans, Captain Shaw would be back. Somehow. As a hologram (an ECH, perhaps)? Could be he revived by Q? So many options.

Star Trek legacy release date - Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut as Sidney La Forge

What would Star Trek Legacy be about?

The Star Trek Legacy plot would continue on the story of the crew seen aboard the USS Titan-A, now the Enterprise-G, under the command of Captain Seven of Nine. In addition, we know that the returning Q will be keeping his watchful eye on the young Jack Crusher, Picard and Beverly’s son.

That’s all we know of the plot points for certain. More broadly, speaking about Star Trek Legacy, Terry Matalas has given an overview of his idea for the plot of the show:

Star Trek Legacy release date - Raffi, Seven, and Jack Crusher on bridge of Enterprise G

“In case you’re wondering, #StarTrekLegacy is what I’d call a spin-off show from #StarTrekPicard. A 25th Century show that explores the Last Generation and the Next…”

That sounds an awful lot like what we saw from Picard season 3, but that’s not a bad thing. If we were to guess, it sounds to us like the plot for Star Trek Legacy would focus on one overarching story rather than self-contained, episodic installments. Fans are already getting that from Strange New Worlds, and clearly Matalas likes his big, ambitious stories.

The question then becomes: what could this plot be about? The Picard season 3 finale left things completely open-ended for our characters, so we’d expect it to be unrelated to what we saw with the Borg and the Changelings, and focus on something entirely new. That’s exciting.

Star Trek Legacy release date - Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine

Star Trek Legacy trailer speculation

Obviously, there isn’t a Star Trek Legacy trailer yet. There won’t be for some time, either.

If the show does get made, the trailer will be expected to drop a couple of months prior to the release, as happened with Picard itself and the more recent Star Trek Strange New Worlds season 2. In the meantime, watch the Picard season 3 trailer again for a refresher.

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Where can I watch Star Trek Legacy?

Star Trek Legacy will debut on Paramount Plus and join the ranks of all the other Star Trek series if it does get made. Streaming service Paramount Plus is the home of most Star Trek content, including the Star Trek movies and Star Trek Picard.

How many episodes will Star Trek Legacy have?

Star Trek Legacy will likely have ten episodes. This is speculation, of course, but is based on the episode count of other new Star Trek series like Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, and it’s predecessor: Picard.

That’s it on Star Trek Legacy for now. For more on the future of the franchise, take a look at our guide to the cursed development of Star Trek 4, and see what’s going on with the Strange New Worlds season 3 release date before reading our interview with Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn.

You can also see our ranking of the Star Trek movies, our ranking of the Star Trek captains (including Seven, perhaps prematurely), and our pick for which Star Trek captain would win a zombie apocalypse.