Great news for Star Trek fans outside North America — Amazon Prime Video has just announced that it will be the exclusive streaming provider for the new untitled Star Trek series featuring Jean-Luc Picard.
Amazon Prime Video has set a multi-year deal with CBS. Under this agreement, each Picard Star Trek episode will become available on Prime within 24 hours of the US airing. The series will stream in the US on CBS All Access.
The agreement applies to over 200 countries including the UK and Ireland.
“We look forward to working with the team at Amazon Prime Video to bring this next chapter of the incredible Star Trek franchise to its passionate international fan base,” said CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Armando Nuñez.
The excitement appears to be mutual. “We’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the newest edition of the storied ‘Star Trek’ franchise to our international Amazon Prime Video customers,” said Brad Beale, Vice President of Worldwide Content Licensing for Amazon Prime Video.
“With the incredible Sir Patrick Stewart returning as the beloved Jean-Luc Picard, we’re excited we can give ‘Trek’ fans both old and new the opportunity to see him back in action. It’s a terrific addition to our already robust catalogue of exclusive Amazon Prime Video content.”
Who is in the cast?
The still-untitled Star Trek series will star Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men) reprising his role as the iconic Starship Fleet Commander Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart played the role for seven seasons Star Trek: Next Generation. The spin-off will follow Picard through the golden chapter of his life.
“There’s only one word that can begin to describe Sir Patrick Stewart as Starship Commander Jean-Luc Picard, and that’s ‘legendary,’” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman (Sleepy Hollow).
“We are thrilled beyond measure to have him back in command, bringing the optimistic messages of Star Trek to audiences around the world.”
Details remain unofficial and tightly guarded. However, Deadline reports that Santiago Cabrera (Heroes and The Musketeers) will appear as a pilot and a skillful thief. Michelle Hurd (Blindspot) will play an intelligence officer with a powerful memory who battles substance addiction.
Other cast members include Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace), and Evan Evagor.
Discovery director Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the series. This will make her the first woman to direct a pilot or debut episode of a Starfleet series in the franchise’s 53-year history.
Next Generation star Jonathan Frakes, also known as Riker, will direct two episodes.
When will it air in the UK?
Sir Patrick Stewarts Star Trek return was first announced in August 2018 and is expected to premiere by the end of 2019.
What will it called?
People have been shortening the name of the untitled Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek series to “Picard”. So much so, that people are starting to assume this will be the series’ name.
Star Trek: Discovery lead Sonequa Martin-Green told Larry King, “[Patrick Stewart] is helming his own Star Trek… It’s going to be called Picard.”
However, rumours suggest Star Trek: Destiny will be the chosen title.
What will happen in the spin-off?
The series will shape up like a “ten-episode movie.” Digital Spy reports that there will be five two-episode blocks.
“We are set up for possibly three years of this show, so if there is a film, it’s a long way off,” Stewart told Red Carpet News.
But what events will unfold in the new series?
“He may not – and I stress, may not – be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognise and know so well,” Stewart reportedly told an audience in Las Vegas.
“20 years will have passed, which is more or less the time between the very last movie, Nemesis, and today…it will be something very, very different.”
Whatever the plot turns out to be, it promises to be something quite special.
What does creator Alex Kurtzman have to say?
“I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode and I almost cried. It was quite something,” creator Alex Kurtzman said at a recent Star Trek panel.
“He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited. It’s going to be a very different show from Discovery. The only way this universe, I think, works correctly is if each show is really different and speaks to a different part of Star Trek.
“This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways. We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on Star Trek, has endured and what he’s represented. He in some ways has to go through a gauntlet to find that again.
“Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard. We’re thrilled at what we’re going to deliver. I know Patrick is really excited. The cast is coming together beautifully. And I will give you nothing else.”