Simon Kinberg Wants To Make It So That James McAvoy Plays A Young Picard
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Simon Kinberg Wants To Make It So That James McAvoy Plays A Young Picard

Since the exciting announcement of a new ‘Picard‘ series coming to CBS All Access, James McAvoy has expressed that wants to play a younger version of the character. We all thought he was joking as he is currently portraying a younger take on Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier in the ‘X-Men’ franchise but that no longer seems to be the case. Simon Kinberg has recently been making the rounds to promote ‘Dark Phoenix,’ when this topic came up.

As to the series itself, Kinberg shared that he was “really excited” and went on to share:

“A good friend of mine and actually a mentor of mine, Akiva Goldsman, is involved with that show and he was talking about it before they got Patrick to say yes and I said ‘If you get that, that’s about as big an event as you can have in the Star Trek universe.’”

While Kinberg is a Trekkie and is excited for his friend, it was the next tidbit that got a lot of people’s attention:

“The person who was geeking out the most about it I would say actually though is McAvoy. I’m going to actually put a pitch in for McAvoy right now, I’ll tell Akiva this too, but if they ever need a flashback scene of young Picard, James really want to play young Picard. He wants to make a career of playing young Patrick Stewart.”

Now we’re dying to know if McAvoy is a massive Trekkie like the rest of us or just has a man-crush on the ageless Patrick Stewart. Either way, we respect his dedication and hope that if a flashback scene is needed that they’ll let McAvoy work for autographs as he initially offered.

Would you be open to seeing James McAvoy once again play a younger Patrick Stewart? Do you think that he could give us a version of Picard that fans would love seeing on the small screen?

Apparently James McAvoy Really Wants To Play A Young Version Of Star Trek’s Picard
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Apparently James McAvoy Really Wants To Play A Young Version Of Star Trek’s Picard

They said it would never happen, but Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard is returning to Star Trek.

Yes, the wheels are now in motion to do what just this summer seemed impossible and bring back the most beloved captain in the franchise’s history. But who could the producers turn to if they needed someone to play Picard in flashbacks? Assuming there even will be flashbacks, that is.

There are many talented individuals who could probably portray a younger version of the iconic character, but I honestly can’t think of anyone better than James McAvoy. That’s probably because he’s just such a damn good actor in general, but hey, he’s also shown that he can play a younger Patrick Stewart in the X-Men movies, so you know he’d be able to nail a young Picard.

And apparently, McAvoy really wants the role. Speaking to Collider, Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg vouched for the actor and said the following:

I’m going to actually put a pitch in for McAvoy [as young Picard] right now, I’ll tell Akiva this too, but if they ever need a flashback scene of young Picard, James really want to play young Picard. He wants to make a career of playing young Patrick Stewart.”

It’s hard to argue with any of this, as like we said above, McAvoy would be perfect for the job and given that he’s already expressed his interest on Twitter, there’s no reason it shouldn’t happen. Again, though, we’re not even certain that there’ll be flashbacks in the show, as we really know next to nothing about it right now.

Hopefully, though, we’ll have a better indication of what’s to come pretty soon. These are bright times for Star Trek fans, after all, and Picard’s imminent return to TV screens is just the glistening cherry atop a deliciously starship-shaped cake.

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James McAvoy wants to play young Picard in new Star Trek series

James McAvoy has offered his services in playing Patrick Stewart’s younger equivalent, revealing how he’s up for playing a youthful Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series. The 39-year-old actor previously played a younger version of Stewart as Professor X in the X-Men franchise, and has now declared himself available to help out on the new Star Trek series revolved around Picard.

Replying to Stewart’s Instagram post from the writers’ room, McAvoy wrote: ‘Need a flashback guy???? ‘Just saying @sirpatstew I’ve got previous experience and will work for autographs.’