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Patrick Stewart hints at possible Star Wars vs Star Trek crossover

Published: 23/Sep/2020 6:16 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 6:27

by Isaac McIntyre

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Patrick Stewart has teased fans with a potential Star Wars and Star Trek crossover movie, admitting there’s been “a lot of ideas thrown around” behind the scenes regarding bringing the two huge franchises together at last.

Star Wars and Star Trek. The Empire and the Federation. The Millennium Falcon and the USS Enterprise. The two multi-million dollar space franchises have locked horns for just as long as the pair have existed, all the way back to 1977.

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For as long as the pop culture “war” between the two have existed, there has also been an idea ⁠— bringing the two together for one of the biggest stories ever put to screen.

As it turns out, the fantasies of Star Wars and Star Trek fans may not have been far off the mark. According to Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, there’s already been “a lot of ideas thrown around.”

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Star Wars and Star Trek fans have been interested in seeing their worlds collide since 1977.
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Star Wars and Star Trek fans have been interested in seeing their worlds collide since 1977.

The opportunity for Stewart to chat Star Wars and Star Trek potentially meeting on the silver screen for the first time in 43 years came when the famous actor appeared in a series of new Uber Eats ads alongside Star Wars alum Mark Hamill.

Hamill has played iconic Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker in six movies, the last three under Disney. He and Stewart, alongside original Star Trek captain Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner), have always been the face of the franchise wars.

The pair revealed, however, that the two star-hopping universes could be closer than we first thought, in an interview with Men’s Journal.

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“There have been a lot of ideas thrown around on putting together two iconic universes and having all of these great characters coming into contact,” Stewart said.

“I will admit that, at least for us on Star Trek, we have fantasized about a combined universe between Star Wars and Trek. I would get such a kick out of that.”

Patrick Stewart played Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard from 1987 to 2002, and returned to the role in 2020.
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Patrick Stewart played Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard from 1987 to 2002, and returned to the role in 2020.

Picard already has a few ideas for the crossover too:  “I would think Picard would want [Luke] on his crew, but would be sure to keep a careful eye on him. He has a few personality traits that Picard might want to keep tabs on.”

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Mark Hamill also weighed in on Picard and Skywalker’s potential relationship: “I think Luke would very much respect Picard and the Starfleet as a whole.”

“The Rebel Alliance that he is a part of is much less organized, and would be put to shame as far as execution by what he would see on the Enterprise,” he continued.

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“I also believe Luke is a lifelong student, despite the fact he becomes a Jedi Master, and I think he would have a lot to learn from Picard.”

Hamill believes Luke Skywalker would have a lot to learn from Picard's Star Trek character.
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Mark Hamill believes Luke Skywalker would have a lot to learn from Stewart’s Star Trek character.

Unfortunately, there are very few suggestions a Star Wars vs Star Trek crossover is in the works behind the scenes, even if Stewart and Hamill are “all in.”

Each series has its own thing going on at the moment too. Stewart has returned to Star Trek to tell “the next chapter” of Picard’s life. The franchise’s revival, helmed by Chris Pine, is also “still in the works,” Paramount confirmed on Sep. 22.

For Star Wars, Disney Plus seems to be the way forward at the moment. The Mandalorian’s second season is on its way in October, while spinoff series for Ben Solo, Boba Fett, Mace Windu, and more have been reportedly greenlit too.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.