When it was announced that Patrick Stewart would be returning to his iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard in his own series on CBS All-Access, fans instantly started to wonder who else would be joining him. Naturally, they wondered if any other cast members from Star Trek: The Next Generation would return. That hasn’t happened yet, but the project has garnered attention. Rosario Dawson has publicly stated she would like to be a part of it, but she wasn’t announced when Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora joined the cast. Now three more talents have also joined the show.
Deadline reports that Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), and Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace) will join the cast as series regulars.
No word on who they are playing, and it is sort of hard to guess since details of the show are so secretive. We know that the events of 2009’s Star Trek film will weigh heavily on Picard. We also know a little bit about the tone of the series, thanks to showrunner Alex Kurtzman. But we do not know the nitty-gritty details. Is Picard in charge of a new ship? Does he have an “office gig”? What is his life like now? Those details would offer clues as to what sort of characters Pill, Treadaway and Briones are playing. Until we find out, the speculation will be wild.
Hanelle Culpepper is set to direct the first two episodes of the series, which will mark the first time a woman has ever directed the debut of a new Star Trek series in the franchises 53 year history.
I am a casual Star Trek fan. I enjoyed the 2009 movie, and one of its sequels. My Star Trek knowledge is mostly limited to the films, though I have seen a handful of various episodes of different Star Trek series. This excites me though. If Stewart’s final go as Picard is even half as good as his final go as Xavier was, people will be in for a treat. It being on CBS All Access is the only problem. With so many streaming services to subscribe to, including the impending arrival of the can’t-miss (for me, anyway) Disney +, justifying another service is tough. We’ll see though, because between this and Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone (not to mention access to every episode of Survivor ever), CBS All Access is making a good case for my money.