Star Trek: Picard Series Cast, Release Date and Everything to Know
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As you've probably heard, a new, Picard-focused series starring Patrick Stewart will "tell the next chapter in Picard's life." The announcement was made simultaneously on official Trek and Patrick Stewart social media channels, as well as at the massive Star Trek Vegas convention, last year.
“He may not be a Captain anymore. He may be someone who has been changed by his experiences," Stewart told the crowd. “We have no scripts as yet. We’re just talking talking talking storylines. It will be something very different but it will come to you with the same passion.”
We also know it will have something to do with the destruction of the Romulan Empire, and that two veteran Star Trek directors will be stepping behind the camera to launch the series. Here's everything else we know so far about the new series...
Star Trek Picard Series Cast
Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), and Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace) have all been cast as series regulars in the new Picard-centric TV series. While we don't yet know anything about their respective characters, the quality of this casting—Pill in particular is a veteran actress who tends to choose interesting projects—implies something about the quality of the scripts.
Evan Evagora has been cast as a regular for the Picard series, reports Deadline, though nothing was revealed about his character. Evagora, a newcomer Melbourne-born actor of maternal Maori and paternal Cyprian descent, is the youngest of seven siblings. His only existing CV entry is an uncredited role in the Australian Foxtel series, Secret City (which stars Fringe’s Anna Torv), but he's already lined up a role in director Jeff Wadlow’s Fantasy Island reboot movie. Thusly, this regular role on the Picard series is quite a coup for an actor who, technically, hasn’t been in anything.
The untitled Star Trek Picard series recently revealed its first cast members (other than Patrick Stewart himself, obviously,) via trades such as Variety.
Santiago Cabrera, will co-star, though character details were not confirmed. Cabrera, a Venezuelan-born actor, first blipped the geek radar back in 2006 as an inaugural cast member of NBC superhero drama Heroes, in which he played drug-addicted artist Isaac Mendez, whose superpower allowed him to put future events to canvas. He recently fielded TV runs on Salvation, Big Little Lies and The Musketeers, as well a run as Lancelot on Merlin. He also appeared in the 2017 franchise sequel film, Transformers: The Last Knight.
Michelle Hurd, will co-star, though character details were similarly unconfirmed. Hurd, a New York City-born actress, has been nigh omnipresent on television, recently as sadistically maternal villainess Shepherd on Blindspot, with runs on Hawaii Five-0, Lethal Weapon, Ash vs Evil Dead and Daredevil (as DA Samantha Reyes, a role she introduced in a one-off on Jessica Jones). Of course, her TV lineage spans further back in time, with runs on shows such as The Glades, 90210 (2011), Gossip Girl, ER and Law & Order: SVU.
Regarding the mystery of their characters, Deadline reports that Cabrera will play "the pilot of Picard’s ship who also is a skillful thief" and that Hurd is playing "a former intelligence officer who is a brilliant analyst with a terrific memory that has not been affected by her drug and alcohol abuse."
...Taking that tidbit with the recently reported character breakdowns, we might be able to deduce the following:
Cabrera might be playing Lawrence, described as "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."
Hurd might be playing Alana, described as "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 her."
Star Trek Picard Series Release Date
CBS All Access VP of Content Julie McNamara announced some juicy tidbits during CBS' TCA presentation. Among them, the news that the Picard-centric Star Trek series should premiere by the end of this year. In other words: We're getting a new Star Trek series in 2019!
Speaking more generally about the host of new Star Trek series in development at CBS, McNamara said: "Each show must stand on its own. Both in terms of quality and bringing new points of view to the table." She added: "These shows will only debut when the visions and executions feels right for the world."
Star Trek Picard Series Episodes & Story
Recently, Stewart spoke to Yahoo about the series, saying it will be like "a 10-hour movie," suggesting that the series will run for 10 episodes.
Word of a return to Star Trek: The Next Generationfirst surfaced last year, in conjunction with the announcement of several other new Trek projects, including a brand new animated series and a Starfleet Academy show. Since then, CBS has also announced a Michelle Yeoh-starring series.
Stewart issued a more lengthy statement via Instagram, which we reproduce in full here:
We'll keep this article updated with news as we hear it.