First casting revealed for Picard Star Trek TV series
As production gets underway on the new Picard Star Trek TV series, with Patrick Stewart reprising his inconic role, the first casting announcements have been revealed, courtesy of Deadline. Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd have joined the sequel series to Star Trek: The Next Generation.
While their roles have yet to be confirmed, the site believes that Cabrera will play the pilot of Picard’s ship who also is a skillful thief. Hurd will apparently play a former intelligence officer who is a brilliant analyst with a terrific memory that has not been affected by her drug and alcohol abuse.
This follows the recent casting breakdown released by The Hashtag Show.
Starton: a male of any ethnicity in his early 30s. He specialises in positronic brains and is terrified of space. He’s charming in a self-deprecating way and is excited about the research opportunities on Picard’s mission. It goes on to say that his demeanor will evolve over the series, but it does not say in what way.
Connie: a female who is also in her early 30’s. She’s African-American and has a quick temper, but is also quick to forgive. In addition to dealing with the loss of her husband, she is also avoiding a death sentence on her home planet. She’s a mercenary pilot who uses her ship to transport people to and from an artifact of some kind, though the ship is massively overqualified for that job.
Lawrence: a handsome man in his 30’s of any ethnicity. . . who has a dodgy moral compass. He’s the pilot of the ship Picard takes on his mission. Being a capable (and enthusiastic) thief, his loyalties are questionable.
Dr. Smith: a male in his 30s or 40s of any ethnicity. From the description, it sounds like he’s an upgraded or wholly new version of the EMH. He’s described as a hologram who helps the crew through emergencies encompassing engineering, tactical, science investigation, and medical issues. He was programmed to learn but not become too self-aware. He’s calm, efficient, and empathic, but he sometimes has difficulties sorting out others emotional reactions to get at the facts.
K’Bar: the youngest of the leads. He’s a 17-year-old Romulan and the only child of what’s a mainly female Spiritual Order. A martial artist and considered a lethal weapon, he’s prone to mood swings and is committed to living in the moment with as much transparency as possible. He takes his devotion to Picard and his mission EXTREMELY seriously. . . obviously, they’re looking to find someone with Martial Arts experience, but also note that fencing is a plus as well.
Indira: a female in her early 20s of any Ethnicity. She’s extremely smart and physically agile . . . but maybe not so mature and a bit socially challenged because she tries too hard. Her intelligence often gets in the way of her manners. She’s cut off from home and her difficult mission puts a strain on her maturity. She’s still “finding her way in the wider world”
Alana: a female in her mid-40s to mid-50s and is of any ethnicity. She’s a brilliant analyst and has a great memory despite abusing drugs and alcohol. Often times she gets irritated with her own vulnerability and is certain of herself, even when she’s wrong. A former intelligence officer, she sees conspiracies everywhere. Her professional and personal losses weigh heavily on
The 10-episode series has yet to go by an official name, but we do know that it is set 20 years after Star Trek: Nemisis and the destruction of Romulus in the 2009 prequel / sequel / reboot movie Star Trek.
It was recently announced that Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the series, making her the first woman to direct a pilot or debut episode of any Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history. Stewart's fellow Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Jonathan Frakes will also direct episodes of the series, though there has been no word of an appearance by Will Riker at present.
This show will debut on CBS All Access later this year. No word yet on a confirmed UK broadcaster, though Netflix continues to stream current Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery weekly.