Patrick Stewart played the iconic Captain Jean Luc Picard for seven seasons of Star Trek The Next Generation and in four feature films. Now there’s news that he will be returning to the Final Frontier in a new series.
According to Deadline, Stewart will reprise his role as Picard on a new series for CBS All Access. According to the Deadline report; The new series, which is not a Star Trek: Next Generation reboot, will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. It will be shepherded by Star Trek: Discovery co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman who was tapped to oversee development of new Star Trek content under a big new overall deal with CBS TV Studios.
With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold,” Kurtzman said. “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.”
Stewart released a statement himself regarding his return to the franchise. “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,” Stewart said. “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.” He continued. “I feel I’m ready to return to him – 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.”
Patrick Stewart’s return to the Star Trek universe has been rumored since June of last year. What do you think of a return of Captain Picard? Let me know in the comments below.