He’s one of the finest actors that ever lived but apparently the best is yet to come from Sir Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard.
The British thespian floored Trekkies in every corner of the galaxy last year when it was announced he’d be digging out his Next Generation uniform to reprise his role as the icon, myth and legend that is Jean-Luc Picard.
But according to showrunner Michael Chabon, we’ve never experienced this level of Paddy before. Loved him in Logan? Or as Poop in The Emoji Movie? Well wait for this.
‘The quality of Patrick’s acting, if anything, has gotten even better over time and he was already a master,’ Chabon told Entertainment Weekly. ‘He has an ability to hold you riveted even when he’s just sitting and listening.’
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman was equally as enthusiastic over Stewart’s performance.
‘We spent a lot of time with Patrick, and you know what? He’s incredibly brilliant just as a human, and very warm, and obviously he knows Jean-Luc Picard better than anybody,’ explained Kurtzman.
‘And you know, he was really the one who from the outset said, “I don’t want to do this unless we’re breaking new ground. I don’t want to just play the character I played, why come back to that? We did that already.”’
We’re about to learn a whole heap more about Picard’s next voyage as the cast descend upon this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, and will likely bring a new trailer with them.
However, we do know there might be a few Next Generation cameos popping up along the way and we know the first cycle will be 10 episodes long and released on Amazon Prime here in the UK.
Teasing the show last year, Stewart said: ‘He may not be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean Luc you recognise and know so well. It may be a very different individual, someone who has been changed by his experiences.’
He added: ‘It will be something, I guarantee it, something very, very different.’Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Isa Briones also star.
Star Trek: Picard will air on CBS: All Access in the US and Amazon Prime in the UK later this year.
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