At the end of the New York Comic Con virtual Star Trek Universe event focused on Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman took a moment to announce some surprising news for Star Trek: Prodigy, the animated kids show coming to Nickelodeon in 2021.
Janeway boards Prodigy
Nickelodeon and CBS Studios today announced that Kate Mulgrew will reprise her Star Trek: Voyager role as Captain Kathryn Janeway in Nickelodeon’s all-new animated series Star Trek: Prodigy.
Mulgrew joined Kurtzman and Prodigy creators Kevin and Dan Hageman for a surprise virtual announcement during the NYCC Metaverse event (which you can see below). The veteran actress said, “I have invested every scintilla of my being in Captain Janeway, and I can’t wait to endow her with nuance that I never did before in Star Trek: Prodigy. How thrilling to be able to introduce to these young minds an idea that has elevated the world for decades. To be at the helm again is going to be deeply gratifying in a new way for me.”
Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman said, “Captain Janeway was held to a different standard than her predecessors. She was asked to embody an inhuman level of perfection in order to be accepted as ‘good enough’ by the doubters, but showed them all what it means to be truly outstanding. We can think of no better captain to inspire the next generation of dreamers on Nickelodeon, than she.”
“Kate’s portrayal of Captain Janeway is truly iconic, and has resonated with a global audience for many years,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “We can’t wait to see her bring this character to life in a whole new way, while continuing to be an inspiration for both new and loyal fans.”
Developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters and Ninjago) and overseen for Nickelodeon by Naito, Star Trek: Prodigy follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.
In the official release, CBS also promised additional casting news will be announced in the coming months.
The CG-animated series will debut exclusively on Nickelodeon in 2021 for a new generation of fans.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Prodigy news and analysis at TrekMovie.com.