There’s been rumors but now it’s official – Patrick Stewart is reprising his role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new “Star Trek” series for CBS All Access.
The actor revealed the news at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas this weekend, you can see video of him breaking the news below (starting around the 9m 25s mark). He also tweeted out a statement regarding the show which won’t be a reboot or a direct continuation of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as such, rather a sequel spin-off of that series which will tell the next chapter of Picard’s life. Stewart says in a post:
“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. During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how ‘The Next Generation’ brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration, and leadership. I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason — to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.”
“Star Trek: Discovery” executive producer Alex Kurtzman will be involved in the new series and says: “With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the ‘Star Trek’ fold. For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old.”
Stewart played the role for seven seasons from 1987 to 1994, and in four films – ending with 2002’s “Star Trek: Nemesis”. Acclaimed author Michael Chabon is also reportedly onboard, as is acclaimed Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer.
As Stewart explains there are no scripts at present, but they have already spent months breaking down and mapping out storylines. Specifics such as episode count are still not known, nor it is it clear if this will have a similar arrangement to “Star Trek: Discovery” with Netflix taking the global streaming rights and putting up a good portion of the budget.
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