For fans of Star Trek, Patrick Stewart's performance as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on The Next Generation has reached legendary status. More often than not, that means his potential involvement in any future installments within the franchise tends to be brought up in most interviews.
In a talk with Variety that spanned several topics of conversation, Stewart was asked if he'd ever consider reprising his role as Captain Picard in a future Trek project.
"Oh, lord. I cannot think of another instance in which that might happen," Stewart said. "My feeling is I hung up the space suit and left all that behind a long time ago. Maybe if someone came up with a brilliant idea, I’d do it. One thing that might interest me would be to bring all the existing casts of Star Trek from the last 50 years together for one big story."
Stewart's idle pitch isn't entirely unfounded, at least when it comes to Trek; cast members have crossed over between series and even universes over the length of the franchise's history. While Stewart was on The Next Generation, original series member James Doohan made a guest appearance as Montgomery Scott - and the trend has continued all the way into the JJ Abrams-established "Kelvin universe," where the late Leonard Nimoy appeared several times in the role he originated of Spock.
It'd certainly be something to see the existing casts return for one big event - perhaps a feature-length film or TV movie. Although the recent Star Trek Discovery takes place at an earlier point in time than Picard's Enterprise, there's no reason there couldn't be a show set in the future.
And as for who could return? Actor Michael Dorn has previously voiced his desire to bring back the character of Worf in a television series, and fans would almost certainly love to see Worf and Picard kicking it around again - maybe this time with some Trek favorites from other series, like Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway (provided she's not too busy working on Netflix's Orange is The New Black) or Jonathan Frakes as Riker (as long as he can get pulled away from his television directing gigs).
If Star Trek did manage to coordinate one big reunion event, which cast members would you like to see teaming up?