The Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain is set to return in a new series.
Sir Patrick Stewart has announced his return to the captain’s chair for an upcoming Star Trek series from CBS All Access. The announcement was made during a surprise appearance by Stewart at the Star Trek convention at Las Vegas.
Stewart, who played the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard for seven seasons and four films, said of his return to the show: “I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course.”
Stewart continued: “It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.”
A statement released on Stewart’s twitter also confirmed the role.
It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto pic.twitter.com/8Ynuj3RBNm
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 4, 2018
Late 2017, Stewart had shared his interest in reprising the role if Quentin Tarantino was involved. Though there is no sign of Tarantino taking over the project yet, fans will be excited to see Stewart back in the fold.
Cast and storylines have yet to be confirmed but we do know that Stewart will act as executive producer on the show alongside Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman.
The yet to be named show could possibly be the first of more spin-off stories as Kurtzman has signed a $25 million deal with CBS to expand the Star Trek universe.
The show will be an exploration of Picard’s life after the end of Star Trek: Nemesis, the final Star Trek film released before JJ Abrams’ Kelvin timeline reboot.