Patrick Stewart has already confirmed that he’s through playing his iconic role of Professor X in the X-Men movies, but could he be convinced to reclaim the Star Trek captain’s chair as Jean Luc-Picard one last time?
Variety posed that question to Stewart and at first, Stewart said that he his spacefaring days were behind him.
“Oh, lord. I cannot think of another instance in which that might happen,” Stewart said. “My feeling is I hung up the space suit and left all that behind a long time ago.”
However, Stewart did admit that there was at least one idea that could bring him back out of retirement from Starfleet, and that’s the opportunity for a Star Trek celebration like none before.
“Maybe if someone came up with a brilliant idea, I’d do it,” Stewart admitted. “One thing that might interest me would be to bring all the existing casts of Star Trek from the last 50 years together for one big story.”
Now that would be epic Star Trek event. However, Stewart may have missed his chance to pitch the idea. Star Trek’s 50th anniversary was in 2016 and that would have been the most obvious opportunity to make such an event happen. Time will tell if another such opportunity arises.
It's almost funny now to think that a hypothetical return to Star Trek would be a topic of conversation since Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry never wanted Stewart in the role of Captain Picard, to begin with.
“Gene and I did not have a close relationship. We had a respectful relationship. Gene had very strongly felt that I was wrong for the role,” Stewart said during a panel at Star Trek Las Vegas. “I am told, and I don’t know the details, but there was a lot of warfare that went on in the producers' offices about that.
“I was invited up to Gene’s house one morning after I had been seen by Robert Justman on the stage at Royce Hall in UCLA. Justman discovered me. Apparently – and his wife claimed this was true – at some point during this scholarly, academic evening he turned to his wife and said ‘we found the captain.’ Gene saw me the next morning and profoundly disagreed.”