The Star Trek franchise is boldly going where only men have gone before, as it has been announced that Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series, starring Patrick Stewart. This makes her the first woman to direct a pilot or debut episode of a Starfleet series in the franchise’s 53-year run.
Culpepper has already directed two episodes of Star Trek Discovery, helming “Vaulting Ambition” in Season One, as well as an upcoming episode in Season Two.
The as-yet untitled series will feature Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played in seven seasons of Star Trek: Next Generation. The series will follow the iconic Trek character in the next chapter of his life and will air exclusively on CBS All Access.
Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman said in a statement that Culpepper is an ideal fit for the Trek franchise, “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.”
More on CBS’ Picard series when we have it.