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