Patrick Stewart will make it so… again.
While speaking at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention on Saturday, the 78-year-old actor announced that he’s reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, the home of Star Trek: Discovery. “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.”
“During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many 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.” (Via)
There is currently no other information available about the Alex Kurtzman-produced series (he also created Discovery), including when it will take place, the title, or whether Stewart will get to sing again. But let’s assume: yes.
UPDATE: The official Star Trek YouTube channel posted a video of Kurtzman and Stewart telling the Las Vegas crowd about the new Jean-Luc Picard series on Saturday. Sadly, there was no singing… yet.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)