Star Trek showrunner confirms Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard spin-off has started filming
Filming for the brand new Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard spin-off is finally underway, with showrunner Michael Chabon confirming the news on Instagram.
Patrick Stewart will be reprising his role in the series, with shooting expected to last five months in Los Angeles – unlike the Toronto based Star Trek: Discovery.
Sharing a picture of his director’s chair from behind-the-scenes, Michael revealed that the show still remains unnamed, as he captioned the post: ‘First Day! #untitledpicardproject.’
He’s since deleted the photo, however it didn’t go unnoticed by the fandom who screen grabbed it and shared it on social media for all to see.
Earlier this month, it was announced that The Newsroom’s Alison Pill, Penny Dreadful’s Harry Treadaway and Lonely Boy’s Isa Briones had joined the cast.
Details of their roles are still being kept under wraps, but they’ll be starring alongside Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora.
Patrick confirmed that he’d be reprising his role as Picard for a new Star Trek series back in August, with showrunner Alex Kurzman saying: ‘With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold.
‘For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here.
‘We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old.’
Director Jonathan Frakes has confirmed that the spin-off will be a ’10 episode movie’ for its first season, adding to TrekMovie.com: ‘They are doing it in blocks.
‘There are going to be ten episodes, with five blocks.
‘[Hanelle Culpepper who is directing episodes 1 and 2] is about to start shooting, and then I start prepping after she starts shooting for a couple of days. I am so looking forward to it, I can’t tell you.’
Star Trek: Discovery is available to catch up now on Netflix.
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