Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes will direct episodes of Picard spin-off

Photo credit: CBS via Getty Images
Photo credit: CBS via Getty Images

From Digital Spy

Star Trek veteran Jonathan Frakes has confirmed that he WILL direct part of the upcoming Picard spin-off series.

That means the William T Riker actor will be reuniting with his Next Generation co-star Sir Patrick Stewart, which is very exciting news indeed.

"Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trek series, the Picard show – which Patrick is launching, and The Orville, which is some people's new Star Trek," he said on the Writer Experience podcast.

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Photo credit: Albert L. Ortega - Getty Images

"And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So I am back in that world."

Following the news of the Picard series, Stewart recently predicted that the show could run for at least three seasons.

"Oh lord, we are set up for possibly three years of this show, so if there is a film, it's a long way off," he said.

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Photo credit: George Rose/Getty Images

He also opened up on the fact that it has been around 20 years since we last saw his character.

"In returning to Star Trek later in the year, the one thing that will be different about this version of Star Trek is that we have simply moved the whole narrative 20 years from when I last wore Jean-Luc's uniform," he said.

"So, everything has aged. When the series gets released, you will see things are very different from what they are."

Picard's untitled series doesn't have an air date just yet, but you can catch Discovery on CBS All Access in the US and on Netflix a day later in the UK.

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