It has been announced that Star Trek veteran director Hanelle Culpepper has been chosen to helm the initial episodes of Star Trek: Picard.
Star Trek: Picard is about to make some history.
It was announced by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that Hanelle M. Culpepper will be directing the first two episodes of the new series featuring Patrick Stewart’s return to Star Trek. It will be the first time in franchise history that a series has been launched by a woman. Until now every pilot and feature film was helmed by a man.
Culpepper is no stranger to the world of Star Trek. She has directed two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, one from the first season and the tenth episode of Season 2. She has also worked on How to Get Away With Murder, Supergirl, Gotham and Criminal Minds.
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Emperor of All Things Star Trek Alex Kurtzman had this to say about the addition of Culpepper to the crew of Picard:
"“Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character. I’ve been a huge fan of her work since she started with us on Discovery, and she’s the perfect person to reintroduce the beloved character of Picard to longtime fans and new viewers alike. We’re thrilled she’s joining our Trek family on this next adventure.”"
It would seem that things are starting to move into warp speed when it comes to production of Picard, which is supposed to begin in April. In addition to Culpepper it has also been confirmed that Jonathan Frakes will also be working on the series.
Star Trek: Picard will see Stewart once again portray the iconic Jean-Luc Picard some 20 years since we last saw him. Not much is known about the plot other than it will deal with the ramifications of the destruction of Romulus and how that has affected Picard’s life.
There is little doubt that fans should start to hear about casting decisions and some kind of synopsis for the series very soon. When that happens you can read all about it right here on Redshirts Always Die. Star Trek: Picard is set to arrive on CBS All Access sometime later this year.