The new CBS All Access Star Trek series starring Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard has added three more to its cast. Variety reports that Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones have joined as series regulars.
The first two episodes of the Picard series will be directed by Hanelle, Culpepper, making her the first woman to helm the launch of a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history. Stewart's The Next Generation co-star Jonathan Frakes will direct the third and fourth episodes.
Culpepper made her Star Trek debut directing the episode “Vaulting Ambition” in Star Trek: Discovery’s first season.
“Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character,” Alex Kurtzman, Discovery’s co-creator, executive producer and showrunner said when Culpepper's involvement with Picard was announced. “I’ve been a fan of her work since she started with us on Discovery, and she’s the perfect person to re-introduce the beloved character of Picard to longtime fans and new viewers alike. We’re thrilled she’s joining our Trek family on this next adventure.”
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Culpepper is working with producers and a writers’ room that share her love of Picard. Kurtzman told ComicBook.com at the TCA 2019 Winter Press Tour about that and about how the new show differs from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
“Everybody in that room loves Jean-Luc Picard very deeply, and obviously, the benefit that we have is that Jean-Luc Picard is in the room with us,” Kurtzman said. “And so, as we're breaking
“And so, the question becomes, ‘What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that forced him to reckon with choices that he's made in his life? How do you hold on to being the person everybody loved when the circumstances around you may have changed so radically?’ And those are the big questions that we're asking.”
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The Picard series begins filming in California in April and will premiere in late 2019 on CBS All Access.
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