James McAvoy Offers to Play Young Picard for Patrick Stewart

James McAvoy has offered to once again play a younger version of Patrick Stewart, this time in the form of a young Picard for the character’s new Star Trek series. The new Picard-led Star Trek show will air on the CBS All Access streaming service, where CBS hopes to keep Star Trek shows airing all year long.

Star Trek has certainly had a long run in pop culture. The first Star Trek show aired from 1966-1969, and while the original series was rather short-lived, star William Shatner would go on to play lead character Captain Kirk in seven movies, before the franchise began completely focusing on a new set of characters. There have been multiple follow-up series over the years, including The Next Generation starring Stewart as Picard, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and the latest Discovery. The series has also had its fair share of cinematic adventures sprinkled over the years, including the immensely popular current trilogy produced by J.J. Abrams. Quentin Tarantino is now developing his own Star Trek movie, a fourth film in Abrams’ series is still expected to happen, and the new series revolving around Picard is in pre-production. Needless to say, Star Trek is one property that has shown no signs of slowing down.

Related: William Shatner Congratulates Patrick Stewart on Return to Star Trek

When Stewart posted a photo on Instagram recently of the new Picard series’ writers room, McAvoy commented, “Need a flashback guy????” Just saying @sirpatstew I’ve got previous experience and will work for autographs.” Stewart’s original post can be seen below.

Stewart previously confirmed his return to the franchise when he attended the Star Trek Las Vegas convention. Not a lot is currently known about the upcoming series; however, it will be focusing on the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard’s life. Even after his most recent Star Trek role in 2002, Stewart has stayed busy with acting. Shortly before his time with Star Trek ended, Stewart jumped into another franchise; X-Men. Patrick has appeared in a total of seven X-Men movies as Professor Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was McAvoy’s second time playing the younger version of Stewart’s character.

Much like Stewart, McAvoy has had a successful acting career. Aside from his X-Men role, McAvoy has starred in films like Wanted, Atomic Blonde, and Split. He will also be starring in the upcoming It: Chapter Two, as well as M. Night Shyamalan’s third film in the Unbreakable series, titled Glass. Fans were very accepting of him playing a young version of Professor X, so he would likely be a good fit for the new Picard Star Trek series, if they ever do need to cast a young version of Picard.

More: CBS Has Discussed Star Trek Spinoff Shows For Every Discovery Character

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2018-09-25 03:09:03 – Christopher Fiduccia

Charlie’s Angels Reboot Casts Patrick Stewart As (Another) Bosley

The Charlie’s Angels movie reboot will feature multiple characters referred to as Bosley, with Patrick Stewart and director Elizabeth Banks among the actors playing them. As the film’s costar Kristen Stewart explained recently, this big screen revival of the Charlie’s Angel property (which began its life as a TV series in the 1970s) will take the IP global by making the famous Townsend Agency a worldwide security and intelligence service that employs multiple teams of Angels. Hence, there will be more than a single Bosely to contend with, too.

Originally, “Bosely” was an actual person – specifically, John Bosely, a character played by David Doyle on the Charlie’s Angels TV show that aired from 1976-81. Since then, however, the title has essentially become the codename for the Angels’ handler and the individual who reports to the Townsend Agency’s boss, aka. the enigmatic Charlie. Billy Murray played the role of “John Bosely” in director McG’s 2000 Charlie’s Angels film, before Bernie Mac took over as “Jimmy Bosley” in the 2003 sequel, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

Related: How Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek Return Happened at CBS All Access

THR is confirming that Patrick Stewart will play one of the Boselys in the Charlie’s Angels reboot, with Banks portraying the other. By the sound of things, Banks will serve as the Bosley to the reboot’s main Angel team (as played by Kristen Stewart, Power Rangers‘ Naomi Scott and the relative newcomer Ella Balinska), with Patrick Stewart acting as Bosely for a different crew. As such, it’s possible the latter’s role will amount to little more than a glorified cameo, rather than a full-blown supporting turn.

However larger or small his Charlie’s Angels role winds up being, Patrick Stewart isn’t hurting for work at the moment. The actor is currently set to reprise his iconic Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming (and, as-yet, untitled series at CBS All Access in the foreseeable future and will further play Merlin in next year’s Arthurian re-imagining, The Man Who Would Be King. Stewart is keeping busy on the voice acting front too and will lend his vocals to the animated Dragon Rider TV show slated to arrive in 2019.

While the 2011 Charlie’s Angels TV show reboot was cancelled a mere four episodes in (due to poor ratings), the hope is the movie relaunch will have much better luck. The film boasts a pretty rock-solid cast already and, by the sound of things, is attempting to really update the franchise in a way that may yet resonate strongly with modern audiences. Female action heroes are unfortunately still few and far between on the big screen, so here’s to hoping these new Angels strike a chord with moviegoers – however many Bosleys they have in tow.

MORE: Olivia Munn Should Have Been the Hero in The Predator

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2018-09-17 01:09:47 – Sandy Schaefer