Star Trek: Jonathan Frakes Boards Picard Series (But Not as Riker)
While Jonathan Frakes may be best known as portraying Commander William Riker on all four seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and its four films, the Star Trek actor has been very prolific as a director for decades.
In a new interview, Frakes confirmed that he will be helming the third and fourth episodes of CBS All Access' planned series starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard while revealing that 18 years have passed since audiences last saw the former Enterprise captain at the end of 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis to when the series premieres.Click the button below to start this article in quick view. Start now
"I think the fans are going to be thrilled and excited and surprised. I have had the privilege of reading the first couple of episodes and I have spent some time with Patrick who is so engaged," Frakes laughed in an interview with TrekMovie.com. "I feel so blessed to back. It’s so ironic that I spent so many years trying to expand where I was working."
Frakes had directed episodes of The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager as well as the feature films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Recently, Frakes has directed episodes of The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery.
Picard's untitled Star Trek series stars Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora and is set to debut later this year on CBS All Access.