‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Actor To Direct The 3rd Film?

File this one under “Long Shot,” but there’s currently a groundswell movement to get Jonathan Frakes into the director’s chair for Star Trek 3. Frakes is mostly known for his role on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he played Commander William Riker.

How far has this little movement gone? Well, Frakes revealed to Komo News Radio that he has contacted J.J. Abrams himself, while his agent has gone to Paramount to try and make a deal. Oh, and there’s also a hashtag (of course): #BringInRiker

“I’m all over it. I’m all over it,” Frakes told Charlie Harger. “I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it.” He did, after all, direct the beloved Star Trek: First Contact in 1996. But then again, Frakes also directed 1998’s Star Trek: Insurrection, which is something that could likely work against him- since that film garnered very mixed reviews and didn’t exactly set the box office on fire. He has also directed many episodes of many different Star Trek TV series, so he’s extremely well-versed in the world of Trek.

Frakes knows his hiring would be unlikely, but he thinks stranger things have happened. “I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot. But there’s nothing I would like better,” he says.

What do you think? Should they #BringInRiker?


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