Casting for Star Trek’s new Picard series has begun.
On Friday, CBS All Access announced Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the new series, which star Patrick Stewart. On Twitter, Culpepper confirmed that casting for the series is already underway.
Here’s the tweet:
It’s started.— Hanelle Culpepper (@Hillview798) March 2, 2019
By directing the Picard pilot, Culpeper is the first woman to helm the launch of a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history. She made her Star Trek debut directing the episode “Vaulting Ambition” in Star Trek: Discovery’s first season. She also directed the upcoming 10th episode of Discovery’s second 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. “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.”
Culpeper 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
“We’re hoping for more than one season,” Stewart said. “And with this first series, and this is one of the things that’s so interesting about the writers’ room, they are writing a 10-hour movie. In The Next Generation, it was a story, a different story, a different story, all with the same characters as many series are. But this time it is one story, from beginning to end. I hope that will lead people to...binge-watching, that it might lead to something like that because the idea of it being an unfolding narrative is really terrific.”
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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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