Whoopi Goldberg to return as Guinan in Star Trek: Picard Season 2
During a recent appearance at The View, Star Trek: Picard star Patrick Stewart formally invited EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg to reprise her role as Guinan in the forthcoming second season of CBS All Access’ new Star Trek spinoff series. An emotional Goldberg immediately accepted Stewart’s invitation, revealing that her time with Star Trek “was one of the great experiences from the beginning to the end.” Check out the full interview in the player below!
Goldberg’s Guinan made her first appearance at the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s second season in 1988. Her character is a hundreds year-old alien who is a bartender in the USS Enterprise-D’s Ten-Forward lounge. Guinan is known for her wisdom that she often uses to help other characters who are in difficult situations or who are in need of comfort and guidance.
Picard debuts today on CBS All Access and will be available in more than 200 countries and territories on January 24, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video.
Star Trek: Picard will tell the next story of Picard’s life, taking place after Star Trek: Next Generation. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Star Trek: Discovery creator Alex Kurtzman revealed in March that it will be “a very different show from Discovery.” He also mentioned that the series will be a “very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways… Things have changed for [Picard] and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard.”
The series will also see the return of Star Trek alums including Brent Spiner as Data, Jonathan Del Arco as Hugh the Borg, and Star Trek: Voyager‘s Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine along with Marina Sirtis as Commander Deanna Troi and Jonathan Frakes as Riker.
Picard will also be featuring Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies), Michelle Hurd (Blindspot), Evan Evagora (Fantasy Island), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Mr. Mercedes, Penny Dreadful), and Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace).
Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman will oversee development on the new show, which is not a Star Trek: The Next Generation reboot but rather a continuation of Picard’s story. Michael Chabon will serve as showrunner.
Kurtzman will executive produce the new series alongside newly-appointed Star Trek: Discovery executive producer James Duff, former Discovery executive producer Akiva Goldsman (The Dark Tower), Michael Chabon (Spider-Man 2) and Star Trek: Voyager and Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer. Also executive producing are Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment President Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and Roddenberry Entertainment COO Trevor Roth.