Sir Patrick Stewart Is Returning To Star Trek For A New Series About Picard

Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the USS Enterprise. (Image: CBS/Paramount Pictures)

The most venerable captain in Star Fleet history is back. As has been rumoured for a while, CBS announced today that Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean Luc-Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be reprising his role in a new series that will explore "the new chapter in Picard's life".

The series will be coming to CBS All Access, though not many more details about it are known at this time.

In a statement on Twitter, Stewart said he was "excited and invigorated" to return to the role that was instrumental in making him a household name. The show will feature Alex Kurtzman leading a creative team that will also include James Duff (The Closer), Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), Michael Chabon (John Carter and a bunch of books) and Kirsten Beyer (Discovery), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

At the live panel for the announcement at Star Trek Las Vegas, Stewart was also quoted as saying that "it may not be the Jean-Luc you know and love", citing experience and time as changing factors in the development of the character.

No word on when the show will air, but when it does, it will be the first new live-action material set in this part of the Star Trek universe since the last The Next Generation movie in 2002. Also, according to the panel discussion, no scripts have been written as of yet, though the series is planned to take place 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.

"With overwhelming joy, it's a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. 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 honour generations both new and old", said Alex Kurtzman, in a statement.

Make it so, captain. Make it so.


Comments

    I really need to finish TNG.

    And yes, @weresmurf, DS9 is still on the list but that is where I'll exit Star Trek.

      *shrug* I quite enjoyed Discovery myself. Each to their own :)

        I really enjoyed it as well. It won't replace any of my favourites but has its own place.

          Yep. Also, given it's helped to continue to primary timeline (i.e. TNG timeline) I owe it that gratitude. The new Patrick Stewart led series is going to be set 20 years after Nemesis and post-Voyager. That to me is fantastic news. It's set in the universe that's had Romulus and Remus destroyed by the Red Matter wave prior to Spock going to the JJ-Verse (Kelvin Timeline). This means it's going to be *very* interesting to see how this universe handles everything, because that itself, is around 10 years after the time when Spock disappeared and the red matter explosion happened...

          #TrekLoreNerd4Life

            Yeah totally. Great news hearing Picard coming back! It was also great having some more mirror universe explored in discovery.

        It's a not a case I don't like it (I haven't seen any of Discovery yet).

        I'm just getting fatigued over Star Trek.

        I only have around 15 episodes of TNG Season 7 left (work has been busy), but I have also seen the whole of TOS Season 1 and the first six movies.

        I basically set a limit for myself:
        * The whole of TOS
        * The whole of TNG
        * The whole of DS9
        * All moves (including the newer ones)

        Then I might stop there. I honestly think that is enough.

          Yep I can absolutely understand that lol. I decided to rewatch a LOT of Star Wars over the last year, and I've seen it all before. After about Episode 6 and a lot of Clone Wars episodes then some Rebels I went 'Ugh, that's enough for six months... or more...'

    Q will need to make a return too then

      You know, even if the original Q, John De Lancie can't?

      Neil Patrick Harris should pick up the mantle. You know this to be true.

        Man, your right, Neil Patrick Harris would be an inspired choice

    I'm ready. Maybe Picard in his retirement? Captaining a small ship and getting caught up in various archaeological intrigues?

    I am unfamiliar with the series but am basically picturing a Logan-esque take.

    I would so watch that. Indiana Picard. :D

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