The upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard is about halfway through production on its first season and so far there has been no indication that any of Sir Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek: The Next Generation co-stars will appear on the show. But at least one of those stars thinks it will happen.
LaForge and Picard reunited?
Speaking to CNN at the premiere of Disney’s new version of The Lion King, when asked if he could see himself and other Star Trek: The Next Generation stars appearing in Star Trek: Picard was possible LeVar Burton seemed optimistic:
Each of us, I would say certainly, right? It is unreasonable to assume that he doesn’t know those people anymore, or that he stopped talking to them. And if he did there’s good storytelling in why.
Burton co-starred with Patrick Stewart as engineer Geordi LaForge for all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, plus four feature films. Burton’s optimism for a potential appearance is noteworthy as his fellow TNG co-stars have remained skeptical about appearing on the new series since it was was announced last August
Even with optimism, Burton doesn’t expect to see a TNG reunion on the Picard show, as per the CNN report:
But while the actor speculated that Geordi, Data, Worf, Riker, Troi and the Crushers would likely appear one or two at a time, and he was cautious about expecting a full-blown cast reunion to occur on the new series.
“Are you gonna see all of us together, again, in a scene or episode? I don’t know,” said Burton, anticipating a high degree of contract negotiation and budget discussion to get the entire cast back on deck together. “There’s a lot of paper that needs to be papered, before we get there.”
Burton also joked about Geordi’s struggles with a love life on TNG, hoping the Picard show could improve things:
I’d settle with him having a date with somebody he didn’t invent on the Holodeck. If he could just have sex with a real person, I’d be so happy!
The new Star Trek: Picard series began shooting in California in late April and is expected to wrap up in mid-September. Along with Stewart, the show will feature a cast of actors new to Star Trek, including Santiago Cabrera (Salvation), Michelle Hurd (Law & Order: SVU), and Alison Pill (Newsroom), all presumably playing new characters.
One TNG cast member known to be involved in Picard is William Riker actor Jonathan Frakes, who directed the third and fourth episodes.
On Saturday more news should emerge about the Picard show at the Star Trek Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con. TrekMovie will be there to bring you all the news.
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