The next Star Trek show for CBS All Access continues to take shape as it heads into production, with the addition of three new cast members.
3 more for Picard
Today CBS All Access announced the casting of three new actors for their upcoming—and still untitled—Star Trek series starring Sir. Patrick Stewart in his iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation role as Jean-Luc Picard. Joining the cast as series regulars are Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) and Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace). They join previously announced cast members Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, and Evan Evagora.
No details were provided regarding the characters the three new actors would be playing. The only official description for the series is that it will “explore the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard.” The series is set to premiere by the end of the year.
Alison Pill just completed season one of the upcoming FX series Devs from Alex Garland, and can be seen in the Oscar-nominated film Vice. The 33-year-old Canadian-born actress has extensive film credits including Hail Caesar!, Snowpiercer, and Scott Pilgrim. In addition to The Newsroom, her television credits include a regular role on Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Cult. Most recently, Pill starred on Broadway in the Tony-nominated production of Three Tall Women. Her stage work has also garnered her Tony, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and The Drama League award nominations. She won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble in the U.S. premiere of The Distance from Here.
UPDATE: Pill responded to the news on Instagram indicating she is already at work on the new show:
So flipping excited to join @sirpatstew and so many other awesome actors in this newest Star Trek adventure. Long live Picard. Scroll for why he’s the best, and why I love my new workplace bathrooms.
English actor Harry Treadaway recently finished filming season four of the Netflix series The Crown. Before that, he starred opposite Brendan Gleeson in David E. Kelley’s series Mr. Mercedes for two seasons. On the big screen, the 34-year-old has appeared in Edgerton’s film Gringo and the Disney feature The Lone Ranger. Previous notable credits include three seasons on the Showtime series Penny Dreadful playing Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Treadway has been nominated for a Best Actor Satellite Award for his work on Mr. Mercedes and as Most Promising Newcomer for his work in the film Brothers of the Head in 2005.
Newcomer actor and singer Isa Briones just wrapped the First National Touring Company of Hamilton. The 20-year-old Brit’s most recent credits include FX’s American Crime Story: Versace and Next to Normal (East West Players), for which she won an L.A. Ovation Award.
UPDATE: Briones took to Instagram to speak about the news, where she also mentioned receiving fight training for her new role:
If you were wondering why did Isa suddenly move back to LA? dye her hair black? and is all bruised up from fight training?
All your questions have been answered.
So excited to finally announce this news that’s been giving me butterflies for weeks.
Awaiting word on production
There has also been no official word on the start of production for the show, which will take place at Santa Clarita Studios, north of Los Angeles. Production for the Picard show had been set to start in mid-April and possibly as early as this week. In TrekMovie’s recent interview with Jonathan Frakes, he stated that he had read the scripts for the first two episodes and was planning on starting prep for directing the third and fourth episodes soon.
Thanks to Sir Patrick Stewart we know that rehearsals for the show were underway as the actor tweeted out a picture of his rehearsal script last Thursday, joking that he couldn’t share spoilers with the rescue dog he was taking care of.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 11, 2019
And on Monday of this week executive producer Michael Chabon shared a photo of himself at Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout offices in Santa Monica with an image of Jean Luc-Picard on a mural behind him. His message” “Angel on my shoulder.”
Keep up with all the news on the Picard show and other upcoming Star Trek TV shows here at TrekMovie.com.