COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Sir Patrick Stewart has a message for all those Star Trek fans who have been begging for him to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard: Let’s make it so.
“I will always be very proud to have been a part of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ but when we wrapped the final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with ‘Star Trek’ had run its natural course,” Stewart said in a statement he shared on Twitter. “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.”
Stewart played the captain on the “Star Trek: Next Generation” series from 1987 to 1994. His final time in the role was in the 2002 movie “Star Trek: Nemesis.”
The new series is not a “New Generation” reboot but will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. No title or air date was revealed.
The series will appear on CBS All Access. That’s the same over-the-top subscription streaming video on demand service that current airs “Star Trek: Discovery.”
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