CBS and executive producer Alex Kurtzman announced who would be helming the pilot episode of the new Captain Picard series for CBS All-Access.

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According to Deadline and a statement from Kurtzman, Hanelle Culpepper will beam aboard to direct the pilot episode of the untitled Star Trek series that will feature the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

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Sir Patrick Stewart will return to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a series that will feature the next chapter in the former Captain’s life outside of Starfleet. Culpepper will be the first woman to direct a Star Trek pilot episode in the 53 year history of the franchise. Culpepper directed the Star Trek Discovery episode Vaulting Ambition and will direct an episode of the series this season as well.

Showrunner Alex Kurtzman said of Culpepper; “Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character. I’ve been a huge fan of her work since she started with us on Discovery, and she’s the perfect person to re-introduce the beloved character of Picard to longtime fans and new viewers alike. We’re thrilled she’s joining our Trek family on this next adventure.”

There is currently no title or release date available for the series.

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