Patrick Stewart returning to play Jean-Luc Picard in new Star Trek series

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LAS VEGAS – AUGUST 14: Actor Patrick Stewart, who played the character Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” signs a banner after speaking at the Star Trek convention at the Las Vegas Hilton August 14, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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.”

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