This morning The Hollywood Reporter reports that Hanelle M. Culpepper, a veteran TV director and a two time Star Trek: Discovery director, has been picked to helm the first two episodes of the new Star Trek Picard series.
Culpepper’s Discovery episodes are season one’s “Vaulting Ambition” and the upcoming tenth episode of season two, “Red Angel.” She has also directed a number of successful drama and genre shows, including Counterpart, Supergirl, The Flash, and Gotham.
Alex Kurtzman, who oversees all of the CBS Trek on TV, had this to say about Culpepper:
Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character, I’ve been a huge fan of her work since she started with us on Discovery, and she’s the perfect person to re-introduce the beloved character of Picard to longtime fans and new viewers alike. We’re thrilled she’s joining our Trek family on this next adventure.
This marks the first time a female director has launched a new Star Trek series. Women have directed episodes of the shows in the franchise—the first was Gabrielle Beaumont for TNG, and of course Voyager’s Roxann Dawson directed episodes of VOY and ENT, and Discovery has had multiple female directors—but until now every Star Trek pilot episode has been directed by a man.
With production starting in April, things are starting to take shape for the new Picard series. Earlier this week we also reported that Star Trek: The Next Generation veteran Jonathan Frakes will also be directing the Picard series. TrekMovie will have more about the production in the coming days as well.
Keep up with all the news on the Picard show and other upcoming Star Trek TV shows here at TrekMovie.com.