English actor Patrick Stewart will be playing his iconic character Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation in an upcoming CBS Star Trek series. The new series is reportedly going to be about the next chapter in Picard's life.
The announcement came Saturday at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention by Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman and Patrick Stewart himself.
Patrick release a statement via Twitter regarding the announcement.
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 mt time with Star Trek had run its course. It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc 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 stories about how The Next Generation brought people confort, 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.
According to CBS, the new series will be available on their streaming service CBS All Access.