Sir Patrick Stewart to return as Jean-Luc Picard in new Star Trek series
The last few months have been exciting times for Star Trek fans, with new prequel series Star Trek: Discovery proving a hit with viewers and already gearing up for its second series, and with showrunner Alex Kurtzman also inking a deal to work on more shows in the expanding franchise, but there was even more exciting news on the Star Trek front this weekend as Sir Patrick Stewart revealed he is set to reprise his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
The possible return of Captain Picard has been one of many rumours doing the rounds in recent weeks, but this weekend the veteran actor confirmed his “unexpected but delightful” involvement in bringing the character back to the screen in a new series.
"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, adding that he was excited to be given the opportunity to “explore new dimensions” with the character.
“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.”
As yet it isn't clear exactly what form the new series will take, but it is understood that the story will explore Picard's later life following his time as captain of the USS Enterprise-D. It's very early days at this stage so there's no title or release date for the new show as yet, but it's likely the series will air on CBS in the U.S. after the network's success with Star Trek: Discovery.