Over the weekend, much of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation attended a reunion panel at Awesome Con in Washington D.C. While there they talked a bit about the upcoming Star Trek Picard series, starring Sir Patrick Stewart.
TNG stars not planning on appearing in new Picard show
Attending the Star Trek: The Next Generation panel at Awesome Con 2019 were Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, and Marina Sirtis. One of the audience questions during panel asked how these TNG co-stars would feel if asked to be on the new Star Trek Picard show currently in production for CBS All Access. The question was particularly pointed at Gates McFadden as her character Dr. Bevery Crusher had a close relationship with Jean-Luc Picard. However, it appears that the new show may not involve a reunion, as McFadden told the audience:
Of course, I’d love to but I have not been approached.
Deanna Troi actress Marina Sirtis then chimed in, answering for the rest of the cast:
None of us knows anything. They’re guarding that show like the nuclear codes.
These latest remarks are in line with what McFadden and Sirtis had to say about the show last fall. However, with the Picard series now already in production, the chances of TNG characters showing up is looking more like a long shot.
Of course, there was one person on stage who does know a thing or two about the Picard show. Jonathan Frakes recently revealed to TrekMovie he will be directing the third and fourth episodes of the first season of the show. At the Awesome Con panel, Frakes said he would be starting prep work on his block of episodes this week.
During the panel, a fan asked Wil Wheaton if he would be interested in helming a show, with Wesley Crusher as a captain. But it appears that the actor isn’t up for the idea, saying:
I’m so grateful for why you’re asking this question and that Wesley was so important to you…But I think the time for exploring that character has come and gone.
However, Wheaton didn’t entirely close the window on a return to Star Trek, adding:
I still love Star Trek so much that if they were to reach out to me for anything else I’d absolutely be interested in exploring that.
Keep up with all the news about upcoming Star Trek TV projects at TrekMovie.com.