We have even more Sir Patrick Stewart news for you this weekend. TNG’s Picard was in Australia Saturday and Sunday appearing at OzTrek2, and while there he said he would be interested in appearing in the next Star Trek movie. He also talked X-Men, animated TNG, Doctor Who and more. Details and photos below. Plus there is a new rumor that Stewart may be in the next Mad Max movie.
Patrick Stewart Down Under
Con report by Brendan Waite and Hanne O’Connor
Patrick Stewart headlined the OzTrek 2 convention which was held Saturday in Melbourne, Australia and Sunday in Sydney, Australia.
No to TNG Animated – Yes to JJ Trek
It was while Stewart was in Sydney that he made his comments about his future with Star Trek. Firstly, regarding his most lasting impression of working on The Next Generation, Stewart said it was the lightness on the set and the "rolling on the floor with laughter" he remembers most. During the Q&A he was asked if there were ever an animated series of TNG, would he be interested in doing the voice work. Stewart said he "probably wouldn’t", noting that the actors of TNG "have moved on" and the "story has been told" and "the work stands on its own." However, he did say that he would do it if Seth MacFarlane wrote it (Stewart voices a recurring character on MacFarlane’s American Dad and last year did an episode as himself on Family Guy).
Stewart then went on to talk about JJ Abrams and the new Star Trek movie. He said that he really liked the work that Leonard Nimoy did in the film and then offered the following without being asked about it:
If I was asked to do a guest role, like Leonard, in the new film, I would do that. They’re a fabulously talented group of individuals.
[Editors note: Stewart is the fourth Trek captain to express interest in appearing in the Star Trek sequel. William Shatner has made his desire clear, and in recent interviews with TrekMovie, both Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula said they were interested. Avery Brooks has not spoken about the Abrams films yet, but did recently say he would be interested in doing a DS9 movie. So we have added a poll, which Captain would you like to see, if any…see right column.]
Stewart on X-Men, Doctor Who and more
In both Melbourne and Sydney, Stewart also talked about the X-Men franchise. According to Stewart, working on X-Men with Sir Ian McKellen was "one of the best and most fun experiences" he has ever had, and that it was "the best job in the world" because every day he got to go to makeup and say good morning and give a kiss on the cheek to Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn, Famke Janssen and Anna Paquin (and even Hugh Jackman). As for the future of X-Men, Stewart talked about the upcoming young Magneto & Xavier film (joking they were going to hire 8-year olds), but he doesn’t expect to be involved. However, Stewart did note that "working with Ian again would be wonderful."
Stewart was also asked about the rumors he would be appearing in an episode of Doctor Who. He said that his Hamlet co-star David Tennant said he should do a guest spot, but nothing ever came from it and he now feels "that ship has sailed." (especially because Tennant is no longer part of Doctor Who)
While in Melbourne Stewart was asked about the Lion in Winter TV movie he did with Glenn Close in 2003. He first talked about how cold it was filming in Budapest, but then mysteriously said "watch this space". Could that mean there is a Lion in Winter sequel or other Glenn Close project? He didn’t elaborate so that will remain a mystery for now.
Stewart finished his sets with a treat, by performing a monologue from Macbeth.
For more Stewart in Oz photos, check out Fannish Inquisition’s set at Flickr.
Stewart and Hardy together again in Mad Max 4?
The final bit of Patrick Stewart Australia news is most certainly a rumor. A reader of Aint it Cool News sent in a tip that she spoke to the actor while in Australia, and asked him if he would ever be shooting any films down under. The reader reports that Stewart said he would be "back here soon to film a movie with George Miller." Looking at the schedule of director George Miller there are only three known projects, Happy Feet 2, Mad Max 4: Fury Road, and The Odyssey. Stewart specifically said it wasn’t Happy Feet 2 and the reader report doesn’t get more specific. This has prompted a wave of "Patrick Stewart in Mad Max?" stories across the web. What makes it even more intriguing is that none other than Tom Hardy (Star Trek: Nemesis’ Shinzon) is reported to be playing Max (taking over the role Mel Gibson played in three films). Filming for the fourth Mad Max film is scheduled to commence in the summer, so we will know soon enough if this one is true.
[UPDATE: Rumor Debunked]
Stewart and Hardy in "Star Trek Nemesis" – will they be back together in "Mad Max 4"?