It isn’t bold to claim that Patrick Stewart has elevated Star Trek in some pretty amazing ways. He portrayed one of the most popular, most competent Starfleet captains, even inspiring a spin-off series that continues to this day. Now, a new rumor indicates that Stewart may be sticking around the Star Trek universe for longer than anyone could have guessed. Get excited, Trekkies. If this is true, we will be seeing far more of Stewart going forward. Honestly, bring it on.
We Got This Covered bring word that Patrick Stewart has reportedly signed a multi-project deal to continue his tenure as Jean-Luc Picard in the Star Trek universe. And no, this does not include his role in the upcoming seasons of his solo show. That means we will presumably be getting tons of new Picard-focused content. Just how much and how often we will see him remains shrouded in mystery, but you can be confident that more on this will be announced soon if it ends up being true.
Patrick Stewart debuted as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, which originally ran from 1987 to 1994 and ended up becoming one of the most popular series to grace the Star Trek franchise. Now, he is back in the Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) series Star Trek: Picard.
In addition to his beloved Star Trek role, Patrick Stewart is also widely known for his multi-film turn as Professor Charles Xavier in Fox’s X-Men franchise and as the voice of CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock in American Dad!.
His accolades seem just as numerous as his acting credits. In the early 1990s, TV Guide called Patrick Stewart the Best Dramatic Television Actor of the 1980s, which isn’t untrue. He even co-holds the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero,” for his role as Xavier, sharing the honor with Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine.
It will be interesting to see how Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard fits into Star Trek architect Alex Kurtzman’s overarching plans for the franchise. Picard remains one of the most popular Trek captains we’ve been introduced to thus far, so it stands to reason that the series would want to use him as much and as often as they possibly can. Beyond his starring role in Picard, it is difficult to predict where he will pop up next.
In terms of what Star Trek has coming up next, both confirmed and unconfirmed, there is quite a bit to which fans can look forward. Rumors of a Lower Decks movie have circulated for some time, as have whispers of another Nicholas Meyer-directed Star Trek feature. On the confirmed side of things, Lower Decks, the Patrick Stewart-led Picard, and Discovery have all been renewed for a second – and in Picard‘s case, a third – season.
Patrick Stewart is an international, intergalactic treasure, and the rumor that he is sticking around as Picard for longer than we expected is cause for celebration. Hopefully, the franchise continues to do him justice because he will forever be a highlight.