Wil Wheaton did not hesitate to return to Starfleet's Academy

Star Trek alum Wil Wheaton never hesitated to return for Star Trek: Lower Decks.
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When it comes to beloved acting nerds whom fans adore, you have Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton, with Sam Witwer coming in close behind them. The trio is not only some truly fine acting talents, but they all embrace other sub-genres of nerdom like tabletop games, video games, collectibles, comics, and more. It's what their brand is all about and for Wheaton, that seems to be what he's going with more and more these days as he steps back from acting.

While Wheaton may be done with acting for now, he's not entirely out of the game completely as he's looking for any reason he can find to return to the franchise that helped elevate his career higher than he thought possible; Star Trek.

He had already returned, briefly, at the end of Picard season two, reprising his Next Generation character, Wesley Crusher. He'd come back once again to Star Trek with Lower Decks, once again playing Crusher. This time though, he was playing a younger version of his character. Speaking to TrekMovie.com, Wheaton revealed it didn't take much to get back into the headspace of his character's younger self when he returned in the season four episode "Old Friends, New Planets", going on to say;

The real fun in that was leaning into the humor of Lower Decks and leaning into the stylized kind of surrealism of seeing Wesley at the Academy for the first time in almost 30 years. And McMahan directed me and we just kept making him squeakier and making him sillier and making him nerdier—and just trying all these crazy, ridiculous things. We did so many silly things that I cannot even remember all of them, but it was such a fun day. It was really a fun moment to tie me and Next Genand our episode “Lower Decks” that inspired [Star Trek: Lower Decks] all back together. The thing that I love about it the most in canon, is it had Wesley and Mariner at the Academy together, which means that Wesley and Mariner have some kind of friendship or at least knowledge of one another, which is going to end up backing up a lot of my fanfiction.

Wheaton is hopeful to return to the franchise again and with the new edict to basically use as many prior characters as possible for nostalgia, it seems likely that's exactly what will happen.