SAN DIEGO – The upcoming Star Trek series on Jean-Luc Picard will bring together a beloved Starfleet ship with Android officer Data and other characters from a long-standing spatial franchise.
British actor Patrick Stewart, who returns to Picard role, played from 1987 to 1994 in Star Trek: The Next Generation and in four feature films, presented the trailer for a new series before 6,500 fans. packed convention hall.
Shots from Star Trek: Picard included the surprises of Data (Brent Spiner) from Next Generation and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) from Star Trek: Voyager. Both actors joined Stewart on stage and attracted loud applause and joy.
79-year-old Stewart has repeatedly rejected efforts to bring him back as Picard. Discussions with the authors of the new series changed his mind, Stewart said.
"I knew something very unusual would happen and I wanted to be part of that," said Stewart. "I'm very glad I'm here."
Picard, to be released next year, will be available in the United States at CBS's CBS All Access and in 200 other markets on Amazon Prime Video.
The new series will capture Picard's life 20 years after the character appeared on the screen. The trailer showed that retired Picard lives a quiet life in a family vineyard until he recognizes a young woman in danger and joins a new crew to return to space.
"What the hell are you doing here, Picard? Saving the galaxy?
Other second-generation backlinks are Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh), Jonathan Frakes (Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Troi).
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman said that the new series shows Picard at a time when he is questioning some of his life choices, but still "stands for what matters."
"Age did not change his determination. She just changed her circumstances, "said Kurtzman. "Picard needs to search for the soul and to search for the soul you need the dark night of the soul to make it appear brighter and brighter."
Producers also announced that they intend to release six new episodes of short track from 10 to 15 minutes. One will be the teaser for the Picard series. They also work on the podcast of Star Trek and the animated series Lower Decks.