Hanelle Culpepper to make ‘Star Trek’ history launching Jean Luc Picard series

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Hanelle Culpepper

Hanelle Culpepper is entering into new territory for “Star Trek.”

Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled “Star Trek” series focusing on the iconic character of Jean-Luc Picard from CBS All Access. According to StarTrek.com, she will be the first female director to launch a new “Star Trek” series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

“Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character,” said Alex Kurtzman, “Star Trek: Discovery’s” co-creator, executive producer and showrunner, in a statement. “I’ve been a 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.”

Culpepper has directed two episodes of the series “Star Trek: Discovery”: “Vaulting Ambition” for Season 1 and the 10th episode of Season 2. She most recently directed multiple episodes of the series “Counterpart” and “Shooter,” as well as AMC’s forthcoming show “NOS4A2.”

Her other credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Gotham,” “Criminal Minds” and “American Crime.” Culpepper got her start by assisting Academy Award-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri on her directorial debut, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” She followed that experience by participating in AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women.

The new, untitled Star Trek series will feature Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his indelible role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: Next Generation.” The new series will follow the character in the next chapter of his life. It will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States.


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