Entertainment Weekly have released a new photo for the upcoming Star Trek: Picard featuring Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman and showrunner Michael Chabon spoke to EW and hinted at Picard’s journey in the series.
“Events began to unfold that conspire to take Picard back to the stars,” Kurtzman says.
“He will [go to space],” Kurtzman adds, “but not in a way that anyone expects.”
“Because he’s no longer in Starfleet, he no longer carries the weight of that behind him,” Kurtzman says. “In some ways, it’s easier to be [a great man] when you’re a captain. But it’s an entirely different thing when you don’t have an army behind you. When you want to get something done and fight an injustice, how do you do that when you’re really only one man?”
“There are many things that haunt Picard,” Kurtzman teases, adding the ill-fated Romulus mission is just one of those things.
Chabon on how Picard has changed since we last saw him in Nemesis:
“He’s a lot older and we’re not shying away from that at all — we’re dealing with a man who’s in a very different place in his life,” Chabon says.
“It was terribly important to us that he remains fundamentally Picard,” Kurtzman says. “You will not see a version that betrays the man we loved from Next Generation. We’re not doing that. But we wanted to put a character with that level of morality and leadership and who always does the right thing no matter how hard the circumstances … we wanted to put that to the test.”
Next Generation actor appearances are not being ruled out
“What we don’t want to do is just throw in cameos,” Kurtzman says. “There would have to be an incredibly specific story reason [for them to be there].”
Chabon on Patrick Stewart playing Picard:
“The quality of Patrick’s acting, if anything, has gotten even better over time and he was already a master,” Chabon says. “He has an ability to hold you riveted even when he’s just sitting and listening.”