Fans to get deeper look into Captain Picard’s psyche with new Star Trek series, says executive producer

Star Trek: Picard (2019–)
Dir: N/A | Cast: Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera | Writer: N/A

The upcoming (and as yet untitled) series that will see Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard will be a shift in tone from Star Trek: The Next Generation and the franchise’s current series, Star Trek: Discovery, says executive producer Alex Kurtzman.

Speaking to a panel during this weekend’s PaleyFest, Kurtzman hinted that the new series will be a real departure from the full-scale action of earlier iterations, according to Deadline.

"The only way this universe works correctly, is if each show is really different. This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait.

“Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard.”

Kurtzman also hinted to fans that Stewart has been closely involved in the development of the script.

“I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something.”

The series, which was announced by Stewart himself in August, is set to begin filming in April and will air on CBS All Access. It will co-star Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies) and Michelle Hurd (Blindspot), and  Star Trek: Discovery director Hanelle Culpepper is on board to direct the first two episodes.

Star Trek

Debuting in 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek survived cancellation and returned with a series of films featuring Jame T Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It spawned four massively successes TV spin-offs and movies and ruled cult TV in the 1990s. After Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, it spawned a film prequel / reboot under the guise of JJ Abrams but returned to its TV roots in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery...

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