The Star Trek movie series is about to venture into new territory, and I don't mean an unexplored section of the galaxy. Earlier this week, it was reported that Quentin Tarantino pitched Paramount Pictures an idea for the next Star Trek movie, and a writers room has been assembled to hash this out further. While not guaranteed yet, Tarantino may end up directing the R-rated sci-fi blockbuster as well, and if that happens, Patrick Stewart, who played Jean-Luc Picard on both the big and small screens for 15 years, would welcome the opportunity to participate in this project.
Serving as the captain of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D (and later E), Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard was the lead actor in Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987 to 1994, and after the TV series concluded, he, along with the rest of his fellow main cast-mates, returned for the four Next Generation movies. 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis was Picard's last on-screen official appearance, and while Stewart has reprised the character in more humorous settings like Family Guy and Robot Chicken, he believes that it would be difficult to properly bring back the character into the Star Trek universe. However, as Stewart told THR at the Dubai International Film Festival, if Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek movie is able to somehow fit Picard into the proceedings, the actor would be on board, as he appreciates Tarantino's movie-making style. Stewart continued:
Shortly before Star Trek Beyond was released, it was officially announced that Star Trek 4 would see Christ Pine's James T. Kirk meeting his father, Chris Hemsworth's George Kirk who died at the beginning of 2009's Star Trek. However, with Quentin Tarantino's idea picking up steam, presumably the family reunion story has been set aside. Not only that, we don't even know for sure yet if Tarantino's Star Trek movie would star the cast of the reboot series. However, assuming those actors are sticking around, it would be difficult to include Jean-Luc Picard since he's not adventuring with his crew for another 100 years, give or take. However, should this particular story include time travel elements, then there may be a way to sneak Patrick Stewart in for a cameo, no matter how much of a long shot that may be.
Keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more news surrounding Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek movie, and in the meantime, you can look through our 2018 premiere guide to learn what's coming out next year.
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