Eighth Star Trek series details next phase of Jean-Luc Picard's life; debuts in late 2019
In late 2019, the eighth Star Trek series will debut on the CBS All Access online platform, but fandom has been buzzing with excitement since nearly nine months before shooting on the new series even began: For not only will the ’19 release be set in a time period further than we’ve yet seen (“The Next Next Generation,” if you will), but feature one of the most beloved characters in all of ST lore, Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
It’s quite the credit to the production team of what CBS executive confirmed in mid-May would be called “Star Trek: Picard” that incredibly few concrete details about the series have been leaked since that first announcement at that Las Vegas convention. Star Trek Guide will regularly aggregate the newest news on this latest series as it is released but on this page we’ll take stock of what we know thus far. If you bookmark one page of StarTrekGuide.com, make it this one.
Here’s what we know so far (Last updated 17 May 2019):
• The series is scheduled for a November 2019 release and will be 10 episodes, which Patrick Stewart has described as, plot-wise, one single motion picture-like story.
• The setting is 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and includes as backstory the destruction of the planet Romulus referenced in the 2009 movie. In fact, Picard himself was directly involved in the cataclysmic event, as seen in the Alex Kurtman/Roberto Orci comic book story Star Trek: Countdown – though STG is pretty confident Countdown won’t be referenced in this series.
• Along with the announcemnt of the title, producers released a single image of Patrick Stewart in the new series; fans have all be unanimously decided that the background setting is Starfleet Academy.
• Among the actors cast to play crew members of the starship that Picard is commanding (or aboard as admiral or delegate) are Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Isa Briones.
• Principal shooting began in the second half of April 2019, though pre-production discussions and work started as early as January ’18.
• William Frakes, a.k.a. Commander Riker, will be adding a seventh Star Trek title to his résumé in directing the third and fourth episodes of the series. Frakes has directed episodes of TNG, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise (though he’ll probably want to forget that one) and Discovery, plus the films First Contact and Insurrection. However…
• …reportedly none of the crew of the Enterprise-D/-E will be appearing in this one.