The Star Trek Picard Series Adds Stars From Merlin/Musketeers & Blindspot/Jessica Jones
The upcoming ‘Star Trek: Picard‘ series (working title) has begun casting, and the first two people to be joining Sir Patrick Stewart will be Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd.
Not a whole lot is known about the plot of the new series at the moment. We do know it is set after the events of ‘Nemesis’, and the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ movie, which saw original Spock/Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy), trying to save the Romulan homeworld of Romulus from a Supernova using Red Matter. Spock ultimately fails, and Romulus explodes. This cataclysmic event and the dissolution of the Romulan Empire has “radically altered” the life of Picard according to show creator Alex Kurtzman, and altered the balance of power in the galaxy. The new show will be the first time we’ve seen anything canon set in the “Prime” universe timeline post the destruction of Romulus.
Santiago Cabrera is a familiar face to British and international tv fans. The Venezuelan actor first popped up on people’s radar in ‘Heroes’ where he played artist and comic book author Isaac. He then went on to star in ‘Merlin’ as Lancelot, and played Aramis in BBC’s ‘The Musketeers’ series. More recently he has been starring in the CBS show ‘Salvation’.
Michelle Hurd has starred in a huge array of shows over the years from ‘Law & Order: SVU’ to ‘ER’ to ‘90210’ and ‘Devious Maids’. Most recently you will probably know her as Shepherd in ‘Blindspot’ or DA Samantha Reyes in ‘Daredevil’. She also guest stars as Renee Grover, wife of Lou Grover, in ‘Hawaii Five-0’, and Police Chief Gina Santos in ‘Lethal Weapon’.
Whilst there is no official word on the roles the two actors will be playing, the rumours are that Cabrera is portraying a skilled thief and the pilot of Picard’s ship, whilst Hurd’s role is said to be a former intelligence officer with a history of drug & alcohol abuse. However, despite her background, she is still a brilliant analyst with amazing memory retention.
The ‘Star Trek: Picard‘ series is set to begin filming in April, with a view to launching the show on CBS All Access later in 2019. At the moment, there is no news on a UK pick up, however, our gut feeling is that its extremely likely Netflix will be the broadcaster internationally, although that is in no way confirmed. We’ll let you know when we hear something official.
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