Star Trek: Picard: Teaser trailer drops for Patrick Stewart-starring CBS All Access series


In honor of the 25th anniversary of the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation, CBS All Access released a teaser trailer for the upcoming follow-up series Star Trek: Picard.

Star Trek: Picard, the first Star Trek series named after an individual character will see Patrick Stewart reprising his The Next Generation role as Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the USS Enterprise.

The trailer places Picard in a very different setting than fans are used to, however. As a voiceover talks about Picard’s accomplishments during his time with Starfleet, a shadow can be seen walking though a wine vineyard. On The Next Generation, Picard’s family history included a wine vineyard on Earth. The teaser also includes a shot of a case of Chateau Picard wine.

The clip ends with the voiceover asking “Why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?” and then zooms in on Picard’s haunted face.

Check out the teaser below:

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Stewart played Captain Picard on The Next Generation from 1987 to 1994. The series is beloved by Star Trek fans and Stewart’s Picard became a particularly popular and enduring Star Trek character. He also appeared in four Star Trek films, most recently 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis.

Stewart has had a storied acting career on stage and screen. Beyond Star Trek, his most well-known role is as Charles Xavier in a number of X-Men movies.

Coming back to the role that established him in Hollywood is a big deal and CBS All Access is no doubt hopeful Star Trek: Picard will be better received by fans than their other foray into the franchise, Star Trek: Discovery.

Discovery has received fan backlash for failing to preserve the things fans love most about Star Trek. The new series will hopefully avoid similar issues. However the teaser indicates that this Picard may have a very different perspective than he did when he was a Starfleet commander. Producers say the series will center on a “new chapter” in his life.

According to a Deadline report, in addition to Stewart, the cast will include a new ensemble including Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry, and Stewart will executive produce with others.

Chabon, in an interview with Deadline, has said that Stewart’s involvement in the writing process has been invaluable to the new series. He explained:

"I think it’s going to make the show. It’s going to take it to another level. Just to have him participating in the way he participated? Amazing. He understands drama and he understands character and can bring to bear on that all of his experience doing Shakespeare and Beckett and everything in between. Plus he’s incredibly sweet and funny and charming and surprisingly humble and modest. He’s a wonderful collaborator and I can’t say enough about the amazing and unexpected benefit of the process."

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Star Trek: Picard will be exclusively available on CBS All Access in the United States but will be distributed via other sources internationally.

In addition to the teaser, a poster for the show was also released. It continues the vineyard imagery and includes the tagline for the show, “The end is only the beginning.”

Are you looking forward to watching Star Trek: Picard when it’s released on CBS All Access? Have your say in the comments.

(Source: Deadline)