James McAvoy Wants to Play Young Picard in Star Trek Series

We think James McAvoy was joking, but we would love to see him make an appearance in the new Star Trek Picard series.

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier

Just in case you needed more evidence that James McAvoy is one of the most charming actors in Hollywood, the actor recently made his pitch to MTV News about why he should play the young version of Jean-Luc Picard in the upcoming Star Trek series that will see Patrick Stewart reprise the iconic role.

“I will take you where no Star Trek fan has gone before,” McAvoy joked. “I will reveal things about Jean-Luc Picard that nobody even wanted to see. I will rip this captain to shreds.”

read more: Why Star Trek: Picard Won’t Be Like The Last Jedi

McAvoy plays the younger version of Stewart’s Charles Xavier character in the X-Men franchise, so he is pretty qualified for the role. In the MTV News interview, he also displays a pretty impressive depth of Star Trek: The Next Generation knowledge, offering his takes on some of Picard’s most quotable catchphrases, including: “make it so,” “engage,” and “tea, earl grey, hot.”

Ad – content continues below

read more: Picard Star Trek Series Deals With Romulan Empire

What are the odds of McAvoy actually appearing in the new Star Trek series, which will join the current Star Trek docket of Star Trek: Discovery, as well as a planned Michelle Yeoh spin-off and at least two animated series already in the works

“No, I’m not expecting to get a call to play the young Jean-Luc, unfortunately,” McAvoy said. “But I will be tuning in and I can’t wait to see what he does because he’s a brilliant actor and he’s amazing in that role and it’s just nice that Star Trek are looking forward than just spaceship and a crew, do you know what I mean? They’re doing something different, and that’s awesome.”

read more: Star Trek Quentin Tarantino Movie Priority at Paramount

You can check out the actual interview here, which you obviously should because McAvoy does multiple impressions and is just generally delightful…

Kayti Burt is a staff editor covering books, TV, movies, and fan culture at Den of Geek. Read more of her work here or follow her on Twitter @kaytiburt.