Patrick Stewart is set to return to the small screen as Captain Jean-Luc Picard!
Yep, it’s official. The acclaimed actor will be reprising the role, which he first made iconic in Next Generation, in a new Star Trek series coming from CBS TV Studios. The crowd at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention was in for quite the surprise when Stewart himself turned up to make the announcement.
“However, and I stress, he may not be a Captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognise and you know so well,” Stewart told the crowd, teasing a little bit of the direction the new chapter will take. Picard, Stewart said, may be have changed quite a bit due to his experiences. “Twenty years will have past, which is more or less exactly the time between the very last movie – Nemesis – and today.”
You can watch Stewart’s appearance at the convention below. His announcement comes at around the 9 minute mark.
The new Star Trek, which is still in its very early stages of development, will be shepherded to the screen by Alex Kurtzman, co-creator/executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery. The creative team also includes James Duff (Star Trek: Discovery executive producer), Kirsten Beyer (Discovery writer), former Discovery EP Akiva Goldsman and Michael Chabon.
“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold,” Kurtzman said. “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 honor generations both new and old.”
As with Discovery, the series is being created for streaming CBS All Access in the US. While Discovery is released on Netflix in other markets, such as Australia, there’s no word as yet on whether the new series will follow the same release path.
This will no doubt be exciting news for many of the Trekkies out there. Stewart is one of the brand’s most popular figures, starring as Picard in the series Star Trek: Next Generation and the movies Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. He also appeared in the pilot for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
And now we celebrate with a look at some of Picard’s kick-ass speeches…