Season one of Star Trek: Picard included guest spots for a few members of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast, and now it looks like more of Sir Patrick Stewart’s TNG co-stars could join him in season two.
LeVar Burton talks Picard
Star Trek: The Next Generation star LeVar Burton was interviewed by remote on Entertainment Tonight, and was asked if there was potential for him to reprise his role of Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: Picard. The actor was cagey at first, saying he didn’t want to get himself into trouble—indicating there was some secret to be kept. He then hinted more directly:
I think it is reasonable to assume that those people are still a part of Picard’s life…Sure what the hell. Yeah! Absolutely. [laughs]
When pressed, the actor made it even clearer:
You will see us all. Probably not all at the same time, although, never say never.
Burton last played the character of Geordi La Forge in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. The first season of Star Trek: Picard included guest appearances from TNG stars Brent Spiner (Data), Jonathan Frakes (Riker), and Marina Sirtis (Troi). TNG guest star Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh) also had a recurring role in the first season, as did Star Trek: Voyager star Jeri Ryan. In addition to Burton, the remaining TNG main cast members yet to show up are Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher), Michael Dorn (Worf), and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher).
In his ET interview, Burton even revealed what he told Picard producers about where he sees Geordi in 2399:
I have suggested to the producers that we find Geordi in a position where he is teaching and passing that knowledge and information on to another generation. We’ll see. Alex [Kurtzman] and the folks are in charge and they are doing an amazing job. When they call and whatever they want me to do, I’m pretty sure it is going to be spectacular.
When pressed even more, Burton confirmed that his return has “been talked about” but when asked if there was a signed deal he would only say “mum’s the word.”
Writing on the second season of Picard is currently underway. So far the only member of the TNG cast confirmed for Picard season two is Whoopi Goldberg, who will reprise her role of Guinnan. Shooting was set to start in the summer before the pandemic caused a halt to all film and television production in California.
Watch Burton talk Picard and the TNG cast family
The full interview is below, including LeVar talking about how close the TNG cast remains to this day.
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