Surprise Returns!

Star Trek fans got a couple of surprise announcements during the Star Trek Universe panel in Hall H. Brent Spiner, who played DATA on Star Trek for almost twenty years will revise his role for STAR TREK: PICARD. In another announcement, Jeri Ryan will be returning as Seven of Nine! Not included in the press release is the news that Jonathan Frakes will also join the cast reprising his role as Commander William T. Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation. These three iconic Star Trek characters will join Sir Patrick Stewart for season one of STAR TREK: PICARD.

Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Jonathan Del Arco

CBS All Access had this to say in their press release:

Moments ago at San Diego Comic-Con, Sir Patrick Stewart treated “Star Trek” fans attending the “Star Trek” Universe panel to the first trailer for STAR TREK: PICARD and shocked the audience by bringing out surprise guests and “Star Trek” icons Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco, announcing they will be appearing in STAR TREK: PICARD. In addition to the surprise guests, it was revealed that “Star Trek’s” Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis will make appearances in the new series as well. During the panel, it was also announced that STAR TREK: PICARD will premiere in early 2020 exclusively on CBS All Access in the U.S.

Image from Star Trek: PICARD

The STAR TREK: PICARD portion of the “Star Trek” Universe panel, moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten, featured a conversation with cast members Sir Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Isa Briones (Dahj), Santiago Cabrera (Cristobal “Chris” Rios), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker), Alison Pill (Dr. Agnes Jurati), Harry Treadaway (Narek) and Evan Evagora (Elnor), alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman and Heather Kadin as well as supervising producer Kirsten Beyer. They were joined on stage by surprise guests Brent Spiner (Commander Data), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) and Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh). In addition, it was announced that Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi) will make appearances in the new series.