Gene Roddenberry’s legendary creation is on the cusp of celebrating its 50th Anniversary beginning next year and the Star Trek franchise has never been stronger. Renegades and other independent projects have improved to such a point that they are successfully competing with CBS/Paramount productions on an equal footing when it comes to quality writing, acting, directing, production and SFX.
Russ says that every aspect of Renegades is being “ramped up” including new additions to the acting pool. Just a few weeks ago he announced that Robert Beltran will join the cast and reprise his famous Star Trek: Voyager role of Commander Chakotay. Joining Beltran will be Terry Farrell, Aron Eisenberg and Cirroc Lofton from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
There was also some sad news for fans. Walter Koenig will put away his Starfleet uniform and retire from playing Pavel Chekov once the next two episodes have been concluded. Koenig originated the role in 1967 and fans have seen and heard him has Chekov in the original series, the animated series and seven Star Trek big screen films, as well as special appearances in several independent Trek productions such as Star Trek Phase II and Star Trek Of Gods and Men. Fans have seen his character rise from the rank of Ensign to Admiral of Starfleet Security during his five decades as an officer in Starfleet Command.
Russ stated the plan is for a total of 12-episodes of Star Trek: Renegades with production of parts 2 and 3 to begin October 28.