For seven seasons and four films, Captain Jean-Luc Picard served the USS Enterprise as its captain. Star Trek: Nemesis might have been the last time we saw him, but it seems that actor Sir Patrick Stewart is not quite finished playing the Starfleet captain.
Today at Star Trek Las Vegas, it was announced that Patrick Stewart would reprise his role as Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access. Star Trek: Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman made the announcement at the convention today and was joined onstage by Stewart, who confirmed the good news.
Stewart also released the following statement on social media:
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. 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.
During these past years, it has been humbling to hear 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. 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.
At this time, no other details about the series is known, but in the immortal words of Captain Picard, “Make it so.”
What do you think a television series on Jean-Luc Picard could be about? Will you be watching?