Star Trek: Picard is zooming proper alongside and, for the second, it appears as if it’ll certainly be the ultimate journey for the OG Subsequent Era solid. And but, Trek followers ought to know by now that simply because the journey is over for the actors, does not imply it essentially concludes for his or her characters. Plenty of legacy roles have been recast through the years, as viewers little question know. With that in thoughts, I needed to ask franchise icons Michael Dorn and Jonathan Frakes how they’d really feel about their roles being performed by different actors sometime.
Michael Dorn has appeared in Star Trek extra often than some other actor within the franchise, so it is comprehensible that he can be a bit protecting of the function. Once I requested Dorn in regards to the thought of somebody succeeding him within the function of Worf in the future, he shared a comparatively blunt tackle the notion:
Michael Dorn’s feedback recommend that he would not see a actuality by which Star Trek would recast characters from The Subsequent Era. However followers have seen that follow usually by the use of Discovery and Unusual New Worlds, which has introduced again numerous main characters. A key issue to say right here, in fact, is that these iterations exist as a part of the “Prime timeline.” All in all, when the franchise has efficiently reimagined roles as iconic as Captain Kirk and Spock, it is exhausting to think about that anybody is really off the desk.
Once I requested Jonathan Frakes the recasting query, he had some very attention-grabbing ideas. Confronted with the thought of somebody changing him as Will Riker, he supplied up a novel suggestion:
Wil Wheaton, in fact, already performs Wesley Crusher within the Star Trek universes. I am unsure the franchise would faucet him to play a youthful Riker, although I would have an interest to see how Wheaton would fare within the function. Possibly he may give it a shot in an upcoming episode of The Prepared Room?
Finally, neither actor appeared keen to get too candid about their ideas on different characters enjoying Worf and Riker, however that is not stunning. Plus, there are nonetheless loads of people who find themselves begging for extra initiatives that includes them of their iconic roles, after seeing their work in Star Trek: Picard Season 3. I imply, if the actors are nonetheless content material enjoying the components, is there even purpose for the producers to contemplate recasting?
But there are numerous elements to contemplate in regard as to if Paramount+ will go for a Picard follow-up and, as of writing, there’s nothing formally within the works. With that mentioned, Michael Dorn shared some attention-grabbing ideas on the ending of Season 3 and the way he thinks endings are overrated. May this imply there’s a story to inform past Picard that options Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and their colleagues reprising their roles once more? I certain hope so.
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