Every once in a while StarTrek.com likes to fill fans in on what some of their favorite people from across the franchise are up to these days. To that end, we've got an update today on the current/upcoming projects of LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Bryan Fuller, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.
LeVar Burton's Kickstarter campaign to expand Reading Rainbow and provide it for free to schools in need was a record-breaking success. The campaign attracted more than 105,000 backers, the most in Kickstarter history, and raised more than $5 million. Even better, longtime Trek fan and Enterprise guest star Seth MacFarlane offered to contribute $1 million if, in the month of July, backers donated that same sum total -- and they did, so he followed through on his promise. Though the Kickstarter campaign is now over, fans can still contribute. Click HERE for details.
Former Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Denise Crosby -- who happens to be a distant cousin of MacFarlane's -- is confirmed to return as Mary on the upcoming fifth season of The Walking Dead, which is in production now in Atlanta. Season five will kick off in October. If you can't wait until then to get your Crosby fix, she'll be back in her recurring role as Deb on Showtime's series Ray Donovan when season two of the drama debuts on July 13.
Bryan Fuller, a writer on DS9 and writer-producer on Voyager, recently had his show Hannibal renewed for a third season by NBC. Fuller is also the beneficiary of a script-to-series commitment from Starz for a series based on Neil Gaiman's urban fantasy novel American Gods. He'll join Gaiman and Michael Green as executive producers.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, has been in Boston of late to shoot Black Mass with Johnny Depp. Depp plays convicted mob boss Whitey Bulger and Cumberbatch co-stars as his brother, Massachusetts State Senator Billy Bulger. The film will be released in September, 2015. It's also been announced that Cumberbatch will join Martin Freeman to shoot a fourth season of their acclaimed series Sherlock starting in January, 2015.
And though it's been a loooong time coming, Fury Road, the Mad Max reboot that stars Star Trek: Nemesis baddie Tom Hardy, will open on May 15, 2015. And, just in case you missed it, Hardy and Fury Road co-star Charlize Theron graced the cover of the July 4 issue of Entertainment Weekly.