While doing promotion for The Kid Who Would Be King in London, Sir Patrick Stewart spoke with Red Carpet News about his new Star Trek show; due to debut later this year. He addressed aging; the Picard character and how many seasons the new show might run.
When asked about often playing older characters and characters coming to terms with that, Stewart said, “I’m not aware I played a character older than myself in that time. I hope that’s waiting around the corner.”
In the new Picard show, Picard will be older than he was when fans last saw him in Star Trek: Nemesis. “In returning to Star Trek later in the year, the one thing that will be different about this version of Star Trek is that we have simply moved the whole narrative twenty years from when I last wore Jean-Luc’s uniform,” he said. “So, everything has aged. And we are…when the series gets released you will see things are very different than what they were.”
Jean-Luc Picard is now a beloved part of Star Trek history, and Stewart spoke about how the fan reaction to Picard has affected him. “It gives me profound satisfaction to hear from people what an impact my role and the series had on their lives,” he said. “I have heard truly extraordinary stories about how people were affected by it. And that makes me very proud for all of us who were in it; because they were a great company…are a great company!”
Finally, when asked about a Star Trek film, Stewart said, “Oh lord, we are set up for possibly three years of this show, so if there is a film, it’s a long way off.”