Patrick Stewart Says It’s ‘Unlikely’ We’ll See Captain Picard in a New ‘Star Trek’ Movie
Although fellow Trekker Leonard Nimoy appeared in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie in 2009, and there have long been rumors of William Shatner reprising his iconic role as Captain Kirk, there’s one veteran Star Trek actor we probably won’t ever see again on the big screen: Patrick Stewart. It’s not that he doesn’t want to reprise the role; he just doesn’t think he’ll be asked.
It’s possible. I think it’s unlikely. But it’s possible. The series wrapped over 25 years ago and we’ve got a rather elderly Captain Picard now. So I don’t know. It would be… it could be entertaining.
Before Abrams’ first Trek movie hit theaters in 2009, there were talks of a potential part for Shatner’s Kirk alongside Nimoy’s Spock, who appeared thanks to the alternate timeline concept. Kirk was originally written into the script, but since his character died in Generations, Abrams had a hard time figuring out how to bring him back. Before Star Trek into Darkness hit theaters, those Kirk talks started up again but ultimately led nowhere.
There’s been a bit of a “will he or won’t he” back and forth in the press, and rumors of Shatner reprising the role began again when Roberto Orci was at the helm of Star Trek 3 — now that Justin Lin and Simon Pegg are steering the ship for the officially-titled Star Trek Beyond, it doesn’t seem as likely.
And while Stewart doesn’t think a Picard appearance is likely, either, we can always hope for one somewhere down the line. Paramount is reportedly developing a new Star Trek television series, and that might be the perfect place for a little Picard cameo action.