Reassuring fans that CBS All Access’ upcoming show centered on legendary Starfleet captain Jean-Luc Picard won’t simply be a set of hour-long, single-take shots of Patrick Stewart monologuing in character, recounting old space adventures and tips for manufacturing wine—although, please take note, CBS: We would absolutely watch that show—Variety reports today that some blood has now been injected into the upcoming Star Trek series’ cast. Specifically, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Isa Briones have all signed on for the series, which is being executive produced by Stewart and author Michael Chabon, among others.
Briones is a relative newcomer to the world of film and TV, having mostly previously worked as a theater actress. Treadaway—not to be confused with his equally twitchy actor brother, Luke—will be best known to American audiences from either Penny Dreadful or Mr. Mercedes. And Pill, to quote Variety, “is best known for playing Maggie Jordan on Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom,” because apparently we’re pretending like Kim Pine in the Scott Pilgrim movie just never existed, huh?
The trio of new stars join a cast that also includes Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, and Evan Evagora. Meanwhile, the show’s producers have given absolutely zero indication of what the series will be about, or what tone it’ll strike—beyond a very vague notion of it being “the next chapter” of Picard’s life—so, hey, maybe it will be that vinification masterclass we’ve all been dreaming of, and these new whippersnappers are just his students, hanging on his every crisply-accented word.