The cast and crew of “Star Trek: Discovery” attended a PaleyFest panel Sunday afternoon in Hollywood and showrunner Alex Kurtzman took the opportunity to tease the franchise’s next addition – the Patrick Steward-led Jean-Luc Picard series.
Set two decades after the events of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” the story will follow the former U.S.S. Enterprise captain in the next phase of his life. Officially no plot or character details are out.
Unofficially it’s said the story will play up into Picard’s love of archaeology with a mission to revolve around some sort of alien artefact that’s been discovered.
Kurtzman says the new series will be a “thoughtful psychological portrait” of the character and part of the storyline is Picard finding himself again:
“We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on Star Trek, has endured and what he’s represented. He is some way has to go through a gauntlet to find that again. Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard. We’re thrilled at what we’re going to deliver. I know Patrick is really excited. The cast is coming together beautifully. And I will give you nothing else.”
Kurtzman also says he yesterday visited Stewart at his home to read through the script for the first episode of the series:
“I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited. It’s going to be a very different show from Discovery. The only way this universe, I think, works correctly is if each show is really different and speaks to a different part of Star Trek.”
Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd and Evan Evagora also star in the Picard series which Stewart, Alex Kurtzman, James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will executive produce.
“Star Trek: Discovery” has aired ten of the fourteen episodes of its second season so far with the finale to screen April 18th. It has already been renewed for a third season.