An unconfirmed report suggests Patrick Stewart is trying to get one more Star Trek movie under his belt.
The legendary Patrick Stewart has been playing the role of Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard since 1987, and he’s eager to keep portraying his character even after the final season of Paramount+ TV series Star Trek: Picard has ended. The 82-year-old actor is pitching an idea for a “Picard-based movie,” according to Fansided. While there is nothing confirmed just yet, fans are hopeful that they will have the chance to give a final farewell to their captain.
If the new Star Trek movie does happen, Patrick Stewart has said that it doesn’t need to be all about Picard, but about the whole crew from The Next Generation, which could include Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton), Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes), and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis).
Patrick Stewart has not elaborated on what the plot of the new film could be. If the film does happen, then it would allow Patrick Stewart to properly say “And goodbye folks” to his beloved fanbase.
Star Trek: The Next Generation ran for seven seasons from 1987 to 1994, starring Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data, and Jonathan Frakes as Commander William Thomas ‘Will’ Riker, among others.
The show took place in the century following that of the original Star Trek TV series, with a new crew flying the U.S.S. Enterprise all over the galaxy. Throughout the 178 episodes, there are all sorts of wild science fiction moments that include Klingons, bug people, evil robots, and of course, saving humanity.
Most recently, Patrick Stewart starred in the Paramount+ TV series Star Trek: Picard that ran for three seasons from 2020 to 2023. The strong female crew included new members with Alison Pill as Agnes Jurati, Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, and Michelle Hurd as Rafaella “Raffi” Musiker.
The show focused on the retired Starfleet admiral Jean-Luc Picard as he meets the synthetic “daughter” of his late friend Data, becomes a “synth” himself, and ultimately saves the universe (again).
While Patrick Stewart is best known for his iconic role in Star Trek films and TV shows, he has also had an incredibly impressive career that spans over 157 projects, from 1964 to 2023. One of his more prominent roles has been Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film franchise.
There, he met Sir Ian McKellen, who would prove to be a lifelong friend. He also recently got to make his acting debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Professor X in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
In addition to acting, Patrick Stewart has also directed a few projects, including five episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in the early 1990s. The episodes he directed were “In Theory” (season 4), “Hero Worship” (season 5), “A Fistful of Datas” (season 6), “Phantasms” (season 7), and “Preemptive Strike” (season 7).
This begs the question: if there is a farewell movie for Picard, will Patrick Stewart direct it as well as star in it?