Star Trek: TNG Cast Not Ruled Out for Star Trek Picard

We’re two days away from what will undoubtedly be a huge Star Trek: Picard reveal at San Diego Comic-Con, and to whet our appetite, Entertainment Weekly has persuaded Alex Kurtzman and Michael Chabon to spill some key beans.

According to EW’s interview, the series’ plotline will “take Picard back to the stars,” although not, Kurtzman noted, “in a way that anyone expects.”

He also won’t have a starship to back him up.

“Because he’s no longer in Starfleet, he no longer carries the weight of that behind him,” Kurtzman said in the interview. “In some ways, it’s easier to be [a great man] when you’re a captain. But it’s an entirely different thing when you don’t have an army behind you. When you want to get something done and fight an injustice, how do you do that when you’re really only one man?”

Most notably, the show seems likely to avoid some of the possible storylines we here at Tor.com found too depressing to contemplate. Kurtzman told EW:

“It was terribly important to us that he remains fundamentally Picard. You will not see a version that betrays the man we loved from Next Generation. We’re not doing that. But we wanted to put a character with that level of morality and leadership and who always does the right thing no matter how hard the circumstances […] we wanted to put that to the test.”

Nor will the TNG bridge crew all turn out to be dead, as we feared. EW reported that the producers aren’t ruling out any familiar faces—they just don’t want these appearances to be cheesy cameos. “There would have to be an incredibly specific story reason [for them to be there],” Kurtzman said.

What goodies do you think will be unveiled during the Star Trek: Picard panel on Saturday? Sound off in the comments.

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