Once again actor James McAvoy is pitching himself for a role in Star Trek, and a specific role at that.
Anyone need a young Picard?
Since shortly after Star Trek: Picard was announced, actor James McAvoy has been jockeying for a role in the series, hoping to leverage his experience in the X-Men franchise playing a younger version of a Patrick Stewart character. He has even shown off his own version of Picard in hopes of getting the producer’s attention.
He’s still holding out hope, as we can tell from his recent Collider interview in which he was asked what franchise he would be most interested in joining. The actor again pointed to the final frontier:
I’ve often talked about loving Star Trek, and jokingly, but also kind of seriously been like, if you ever want to do a young Jean-Luc Picard, I’m your man. But I’m probably getting close to being too old to do a young Jean-Luc Picard now. So there’s that… the only one that comes to mind is Star Trek, I think. I’ve always loved it. Always.
In addition to noting that at 42 he may be getting a bit too old to play a “young Picard,” the actor also acknowledged that his time playing the younger Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men prequels may not actually work to his advantage:
I’ve successfully been Patrick, actually, and balded up, although maybe again, the young Jean-Luc wouldn’t be bald. But yeah, no, maybe I’m overqualified for it, though. That’s the other thing. Do you know what I mean? It’s too easy, it’s too obvious a choice. So maybe that turns people off from it.
Star Trek: Picard is now in production on its third season and there is no indication yet they have a need for a “younger Picard,” but there are other shows in production that just might. And there are always future Star Trek Universe shows and possibly even feature films that could take up McAvoy’s offer. Sir Patrick Stewart was 47 when Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987, although the character of Picard was actually in his late 50s.
And McAvoy, the BAFTA-winner and veteran of dozens of film and television roles, has shown he is a true fan of the franchise, so this interest goes well beyond being cast to play a younger version of Patrick Stewart. Last summer he and some of his friends made their own Star Trek spoof shot entirely on mobile phones, as something to do during the pandemic lockdown. It was called Star Force: Sci-Fi Isolation, and of course, he played the captain.
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