In addition to everything happening with the second season of Star Trek: Discovery there are a number of other Star Trek shows in various stages of development to keep track of, with a few little developments in the last couple of days.
McAvoy wants in on Picard show, makes his pitch
Last fall actor James McAvoy used social media to offer his services to Sir Patrick Stewart in case the new Jean-Luc Picard show needed a guy for flashbacks. McAvoy has experience playing a younger version of Stewart in the X-Men franchise and he does not appear to be kidding about wanting to do it again for Star Trek.
Speaking to MTV, McAvoy said he was “jonesing for some Trekkin’,” making the case to fans he will “take you where no Star Trek fan has gone before, I will reveal things about Jean-Luc Picard that nobody even wanted to see.” He also rattled off his version of Picard’s catchphrases including “engage,” “make it so, Number One,” and “tea, Earl Grey, hot.” McAvoy made it clear he doesn’t expect to get the call, but he is looking forward to the show and he is ready if needed. Watch it below.
Animated Short Treks to be different styles and tie into season
On Friday, Star Trek executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin were the first guests for the new Star Trek: Discovery companion show The Ready Room, which is streamed on Facebook. In addition to discussing “New Eden” and Discovery’s second season, they also talked a bit about the expanding Star Trek universe on TV, and specifically about some of the animated projects in development.
The pair confirmed that two animated Star Trek: Short Treks episodes are coming up after the second season of Discovery wraps up on CBS All Access. Kadin said the animated shorts are “completely different” in style from the animated comedy Star Trek: Short Treks, being developed by Rick and Morty’s Mike McMahan, with Kurtzman noting “It won’t be anything like Lower Decks. We are experimenting with different animation.”
Of the animated shorts, Kadin said:
They are also going to answer some questions of things that we’ve dropped into the first seasons and maybe you didn’t have questions about, but we are going to fill in some blanks.
And Kurtzman added:
They are connected to the season in different ways. What I love about Short Treks is we are trying to expand the boundaries of the traditional Star Trek definition without in any way violating what people love about Star Trek. So, the idea that we get to try different short stories with very different tones is exciting to us, and styles. Each one wants to look different and be about something different. If you watch it in of itself it is hopefully a satisfying experience. And then when you watch the whole season, it makes that even more because you have had that too. So, that’s been the goal of it. We are excited that there is going to be two animation styles with references to two things that have happened in the season.
Michelle Yeoh: Section 31 series will be the space ride of your life
Last night actress Michelle Yeoh was at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, nominated as part of the cast of Crazy Rich Asians. On the red carpet, she spoke briefly with The Hollywood Reporter about the recently announced Section 31 spin-off show. When asked why she signed on for more Star Trek, Yeoh said:
Because it is such an exciting universe. It is so different from all the other things that I do. And I love our creators – Alex Kurtzman, Heather [Kadin], the whole crowd of them at [Kurtzman’s production company] Secret Hideout and CBS All Access – who are so devoted to make sure the quality that when you are going out to space, you are going to have a ride of your life. And it’s just that the character of Emperor Georgiou is so special.
Watch it below.
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