Patrick Stewart Wanted Star Trek: Picard To Be Like Logan
It was a huge surprise when Sir Patrick Stewart announced he was returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard a year ago, as the actor had previously gone on record saying he was done with Star Trek. Since then, Stewart’s clarified that it took some convincing to get him back in the fold as he was keen to do something interesting with the character and not just rehash the past.
Now, the star has explained that his aim for Star Trek: Picardwas for it to be like his final X-Men movie Logan. Speaking at Destination Star Trek in Birmingham, Stewart opened up about what went down at his second meeting with Picard‘s producers. Having already been pitched the idea of coming back, Stewart took the lead of the meeting and challenged the EPs to come up with something similar to Logan, which offered a more mature, very different slant on the X-Men universe.
It seems the writers and producers of the show rose to his challenge, as Stewart can now reflect on the experience of reprising his role as a fulfilling one as it felt just as “brand new” as he had hoped.
We’ve seen from the trailers so far just how different Picard is from TNG. The former Starfleet officer himself is a much changed man, and the tone seems much more modern and contemporary. That said, it’ll still honor Jean-Luc’s past and will also bring back many of his old friends. William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Data (Brent Spiner) are all returning, with possibly more to come.
Star Trek: Picardarrives on CBS All Access from January 23rd. Let’s hope it’s just as well received as Logan was.