Logan Actually Inspired Patrick Stewart to Come Back to Star Trek

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Patrick Stewart has played a lot of memorable characters throughout his career, and later this month will see him return as renowned Starfleet captain Jean-Luc Picard. What's interesting is, Stewart says that it was actually his work on 2017's Logan that got him to take on the role of Picard again.

Talking to Variety, Stewart talks about how James Mangold's X-Men entry inspired him to come back and do Picard. Stewart explained, "Hugh [Jackman] and I were so thrilled when the last thing we did for X-Men was Logan… It was the best X-Men experience we both had because we were the same characters but their world had been blown apart… Next Generation didn't end like that. In fact, our last movie, Nemesis, was pretty weak."

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Though we don't have a full plot for the first season of Star Trek: Picard yet, we can kind of piece together what kind of new world is in store for the ex-Starfleet officer. It looks like Picard has settled for a life of retirement on a vineyard, but after a mysterious girl comes asking for his help, he is somehow pulled back into the mess with Starfleet.

Though some fans don't like deconstructions of beloved characters (e.g., The Last Jedi), I am actually very open to them and actually prefer this direction when it comes to story. It was very interesting to see Professor X suddenly crazy in Logan, and I'm curious how they wrote Picard's disillusionment from Starfleet when it comes to this series.

Catch Star Trek: Picard when it comes out Jan. 24.

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