The man who led Star Trek into The Next Generation stopped beaming up to the Enterprise a while ago. But Patrick Stewart says he’d be willing to come back just to work with Quentin Tarantino.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart enthused over the idea of the Jackie Brown director jumping into the Star Trek universe:

“... one of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr Tarantino, I would embrace it.”

Mind you, in an interview with Variety earlier this week, Stewart said he probably wouldn’t be Picard again:

“Oh, lord. I cannot think of another instance in which that might happen. My feeling is I hung up the space suit and left all that behind a long time ago. Maybe if someone came up with a brilliant idea, I’d do it. One thing that might interest me would be to bring all the existing casts of “Star Trek” from the last 50 years together for one big story.”

I guess he found his instance.

We must admit, it would be interesting to see what interpretation of Picard a director like Tarantino would come up with, and how Stewart would play it. Would he be more sinister and conniving, or aghast at the faster, looser, rougher world that Tarantino could bring to Trek? Right now, it’s all academic but it’s nice to know that Picard might come back for one last ride.

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[The Hollywood Reporter]