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Patrick Stewart Would Return to Star Trek if Tarantino Asks

Beloved Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on television and film for 15 years, would consider returning to the franchise, at Quentin Tarantino's request.

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The director, best known for such films as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and The Hateful Eight, is reportedly developing an R-rated take on Star Trek with J.J. Abrams for Paramount Pictures. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) is said to be a frontrunner to write the screenplay based on Tarantino's pitch.

Although Stewart hasn't stepped on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise since the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis, he revealed that Tarantino's involvement could inspire him to reenlist in Starfleet.

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"People are always saying to me, 'Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?' And I cannot think that would be possible," he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Dubai International Film Festival, "but there are ways in which something like that might come about. [...] But 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."

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A box-office disappointment, earning just $67.3 million worldwide, Nemesis brought to an end the Next Generation era of films, starring the cast of the TV series, and halted the Enterprise's big-screen adventures until Abrams' 2009 reboot.

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