At the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas on Saturday, CBS announced that a new show will join on its CBS All Access streaming service. This new Star Trek series will explore Next Generation character Jean-Luc Picard's next chapter and will see Patrick Stewart return to the role.
The show is the first to come afterthat 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 and to explore new dimensions within him."
Stewart elaborated that he's ready to return as Picard to "research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these very dark times." Fans are, incredibly excited by the news.,
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 Star Trek: Nemesis movie.with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation and last took on the role for 2002's
Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Shazad Latif, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp and others. That series is set 10 years before the original series and its Capt. Kirk-helmed Enterprise adventures, so it seems unlikely the two will overlap in any way. Season 2 of Discovery will arrive next year, but no date has been announced yet.
This piece was first published Aug. 4, and has been updated with more news and announcements.
: Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman also promised we'll get answers to lingering questions as the show "syncs up with canon."