Patrick Stewart to Reprise ‘Picard’ Role in New ‘Star Trek’
A new Star Trek series for CBS All Access is coming and Patrick Stewart has been tapped to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard.
The new series will notbe a reboot of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Instead it will follow the next chapter of Picard’s life. No further details about the series have been given at this time.
“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,” said Alex Kurtzman, who serves as showrunner on CBS All Access’ Discovery
Stewart confirmed his return to the franchise on Saturday (August 4) at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas.
“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,” said Stewart, who will also exec produce the new series. “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. During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many 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. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”
Stewart’s original trek series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, ran for seven seasons