Patrick Stewart will star in new Star Trek TV series as Jean-Luc Picard on CBS All Access
CBS says the series will relate the next chapter in Picard's life.
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The show is the first to come after CBS' June announcement that the Star Trek television universe would be expanding with Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman overseeing the new series (disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company). CBS said then that traditional, miniseries and animated Star Trek shows were being considered. No word on whether other series are still being considered; this announcement may be the only one, or simply the first.
In his statement on Twitter, Stewart said, "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."
Here's the full announcement from Sir Patrick Stewart himself.
In the announcement videos above, Stewart says they have no scripts yet, "we're just talking, talking, talking storylines."
"It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different. But it will come to you with the same passion and determination and love of the material -- and love of our followers and our fans -- exactly as we had it before," he said.
The series is as-yet unnamed ("Picard" sounds pretty good though, right?) with no air date, and will join Discovery on All Access. Stewart played Picard starting in 1987 with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation and last took on the role for 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis movie.