Wil Wheaton Excited About New Star Trek Picard Series, Ready To Bring Back Wesley Crusher If Asked

Once again a member of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation is talking about the upcoming CBS All Access Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart. This time it’s Wil Wheaton who’s geeking out about the new show.

Wheaton totally up for Picard show, but doesn’t expect a call

Speaking last weekend at Baltimore Comic Con, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton was asked to offer his thoughts on the new Picard show and the first thing the actor did was genuinely express how much he is ready for the show as a fan:

When they announced the Picard series I got excited for Star Trek in a way that I haven’t been since the last season of Deep Space Nine. I got so excited for it because I love Patrick and I love that character. And the Next Gen timeline, which is also the Deep Space timeline, is the timeline that I love the most. It might be cheating a bit because I was part of that timeline so I am emotionally invested in it, but I was a fan before I was part of the show. I am thrilled we are going to get to see what Picard is doing now. I am excited about that.

Recently we reported on how some of Wheaton’s TNG co-stars have said they have not been contacted about appearing in the show, and it appears Wheaton hasn’t either. While he is ready to return to the role of Wesley Crusher, the actor made it clear he isn’t waiting by the phone:

I think it is very unlikely they will ask me to participate in it. I think it is extraordinarily unlikely that will happen. If they did, I would say “yes,” of course. I think all of us would say “yes.” All of us, if we were given the opportunity to put on the spacesuits again and go work together and bring those characters back, as they would be thirty years later, we would all say “yes.”

Wheaton went on to make it clear that he doesn’t think he and his TNG co-stars are looking to cash in as much as they just want to work together again:

I don’t think it is because we want the work. I don’t think it is that we need the money. It is not because we don’t have other things to do. It is because we love each other so much. An opportunity, even for a day, to return emotionally to some of the best times of our lives, I think we would jump at that opportunity.

Of course, Wheaton and the other TNG actors aren’t the only ones talking about appearing in the new show. Other actors have been raising their hands including Rosario Dawson, who speaks a bit of Klingon, and James McAvoy, who suggested playing younger Picard, as he has done with Stewart’s character in the X-Men series of films. It’s likely there are more who have reached out privately to the producers.

Crusher 2399?

While Wheaton’s assessment of the situation is probably correct, it is not unreasonable to imagine his character having an impact on Picard, even 20 years later. Wheaton appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis as Wesley Crusher, who had apparently returned to Starfleet. And of course, Wesley is the son of Beverly Crusher, who has always been a romantic interest of Picard’s. Also, Picard served with Wesley’s father Jack Crusher until his death on the USS Stargazer, which was under the command of Jean Luc-Picard, and this tragedy is something that weighed heavily on Picard.

And Wesley’s connection to the mysterious alien The Traveler and his ability to explore the universe through extraordinary powers could always be something Picard might need to tap into in 2399. Going outside of canon, a deleted scene from Nemesis (which you can watch below) established that Wesley had joined the crew of the USS Titan, under the command of Captain Will Riker, which also opens up possibilities.

Watch: Wheaton talks Picard show at Baltimore Comic Con

(Video via Fandom Spotlight)

 


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Aaron

Too bad they didn’t save that scene and put it in the movie. It would have made an otherwise bad movie tolerable. Just kidding. It was as bad as the rest of the garbage on the screen. I am looking forward to seeing Patrick Stewart back in the role though.

skyjedi

He had the powers of a god, and he returned to starfleet and became mortal again. That nemesis scene is a joke. He becomes Riker’s gopher on the titan.

ML31

Cutting the scene was a good call. Too bad they couldn’t remove his entire appearance in that wedding scene. That scene would have brought a good movie down a tick. But it was just the one opening scene. It wouldn’t be enough to ruin the rest of it. But still… Cutting it was the right thing to do.

Curious Cadet

Let’s hope no one asks. Seriously. There’s no scenario in which I’d ever want to see Wesley Crusher again.

Michael Piller

Agreed.

El Chup

Oh I don’t know. A mid forties Wesley would be a lot different from teen Wesley. I thing it’s a bit harsh to write him off.

Yeah a bit harsh.

Aeon

Agreed

Denny C

I’m a big fan of Wil Wheaton. Wouldn’t mind seeing him at all.

Viking

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Who cares

Leave the scene out, nonetheless having seen a lot of Wheaton’s more recent work a Wesley who has lost himself to his powers could be the lind of threat to draw Jean Luc back, especially given his personal connections. Not that this will ever happen of course.

CmdrR

Wesley, becoming the Titan’s nightshift demigod and going for a theeesome in front of his mom. And yet somehow they cut that scene. huh.

Tiger2

No joke, but I just saw that deleted scene for the first time yesterday…and it here it is again lol. Weird.

I know I will probably be crucified and banned for this but I had no issues with Wesley. Yeah he was a little annoying but he was suppose to be. But I didn’t miss him either when he left but he was fine on the show IMO. But his best episode was probably The First Duty after he got in Starfleet and that was one of those episodes where Picard got to give one of his great barn burner speeches. But Wheaton was great in that episode.

But I don’t see him showing up on the new show either although I can understand wanting to play that role again and catch up with old friends, especially since he grew up with the show. My guess is he will referenced in some way, especially if Beverly does show up, but that’s it.

Hauke Fischer

I was totally the target demographic for Wesley when TNG first aired (I was nine or so when I started to see TNG), and I never found him THAT annoying. The writers didn’t really do the character any favors and none of it was Wheaton’s fault so all this FLAK he gets is completely unjustified.

Dr Zaius

Totally agree.

ML31

Wheaton was just an actor doing a job. It’s not his fault that Wesley was a poorly conceived and utterly worthless character. Troi carried those qualities as well. But I don’t blame the actors who played those parts. They did what they could with terrible characters. Wesley and Troi deserve all the flak they get. But Sirtis and Wheaton do ought not be crucified for doing their best with their jobs.

FASAfan

Couldn’t have said it better.

Trek, Star Trek

Shut up Wesley!

Tay Dervis

I don’t think anyone is looking for more Wesley.

Btw, are there always this many ads? I refreshed my phone and haven’t yet reinstalled Adblock… I considered not using it again but trekmovie changed my mind. It’s just too much.

Tay Dervis

Ahhhh… much better.

Spiff

I have no desire to ever see this character again. No thank you.

alphantrion

Is the actor who played the traveler still alive? Perhaps he can come back with Wesley in tow.

perkindo

OMG… Please please please God don’t let this happen. Wheaton is so desperate to revive his dead career that he’s willing to basically kill a new ST show. He needs to stick to his board games and leave Star Trek to the real actors.

Merchant of Vulcan

Make it so!

Kitty

No, thank you though.

Ryan

Shut up, Wesley.

Mardus

> ready to bring back Wesley if asked
For blocking half of twitter?! No, Wil. No. Return to twitter, unblock everyone that you have blocked for no reason at all, and then maybe, maybe, we’ll consider wanting you back.

Niall Johnson

You should all be nicer to Whil Wheaton.

slider

Wesley used to be the character I aspired to be. Nowadays I continue to get interested in seeing Wil Wheaton get kicked off social media platforms.

Brandon

hmm, 30 years later it reasonable to think Wesley wouldve made Captain at this point. It would be pretty cool to see a newly minted Captain Crusher asking his old mentor for advice.

Curious Cadet

@Brandon — respectfully disagree. I just watched the new DR. WHO and Wheaton was a pundit in the post show, and based on that appearance alone, I gurantee I would not want to see him portray a captain, or any other role as Wesley.