- The Washington Times - Friday, December 8, 2017

Patrick Stewart is happy to beam aboard another “Star Trek” outing, provided that Quentin Tarantino is at the project’s helm.

The 77-year-old English actor told The Hollywood Reporter he’d gladly reprise his role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise in the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” He subsequently played the same role in four “Star Trek” movies from 1994 to 2002.

“People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?’ And I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about,” Mr. Stewart told THR on the red carpet at the Dubai International Film Festival, suggesting that Mr. Tarantino heading up the project would be his prime directive.

“The one thing that characterizes all of his movies is that frame by frame, it always challenges, always demands your attention, always demands a very kind of open and generous response to what he does,” he said, THR reported. “I also love his sense of humor as a filmmaker. So yes, he would be my first choice.”

Prior to accepting his iconic role in 1987 for the syndicated TV series, Mr. Stewart was best known primarily for his stage work for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for roles in a handful of BBC television productions. 

Thanks in part to his sci-fi fandom, Mr. Stewart went on to embody another iconic role on the silver screen, Prof. Charles Xavier, leader of the “X-Men,” a role he last played in 2017’s “Logan.”

At first reticent to take a crack at science fiction, let alone a sequel series to a beloved cult classic, Mr. Stewart has said in interviews that he initially thought “Next Generation” was going to be a bomb.

“I really didn’t want this job,” he said in a 2013 interview, according to the Toronto Star. “I was very clear about what to expect. Star Trek: The Next Generation was going to be an utter failure and I would be on my way back to England within a few months. I could make some money for the first time in my life, get a suntan and go home.”

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