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Sir Patrick Stewart has said he would be willing to reprise his role as USS Enterprise's captain Jean-Luc Picard if Quentin Tarantino directs a Star Trek movie.
The revelation comes after it was reported Quentin Tarantino is working on a new idea for the sci-fi franchise alongside producer J.J. Abrams.
The Yorkshire-born actor told The Hollywood Reporter: "People are always saying to me, 'Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?' And I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about.
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"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.
"The one thing that characterizes all of his movies is that frame by frame, it always challenges, always demands your attention, always demands a very kind of open and generous response to what he does," he said. "I also love his sense of humour as a filmmaker. So yes, he would be my first choice."
Tarantino and Abrams met with Paramount executives earlier this week, according to Deadline, with it thought the success of movies like Logan and Deadpool makes a more adult addition to the franchise more likely.
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The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith is the frontrunner to write the script from Tarantino's story concept.
The last Star Trek film Stewart features in was Nemesis, which brought to an end the Next Generation era of films. It was a box-office disappointment, earning just $67.3 million worldwide. However, the popular franchise was rebooted by Abrams in 2009, being both a critical and commercial success.
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