Actor Patrick Stewart took to the stage at the annual “Star Trek” Las Vegas convention Aug. 4 to confirm rumors that he will once again play Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in a future series for CBS All Access.
Stewart played the popular character on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 1987 to 1994, and in four subsequent spinoff films, ending with Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.
“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 in a statement posted on Twitter. “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.”
Stewart will serve as one of the executive producers of the series, along with Alex Kurtzman, who recently signed a production deal with CBS All Access that includes overseeing the subscription streaming service’s “Star Trek” properties. Kurtzman is taking over as showrunner for the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” and will also produce four 10- to 15-minute “Trek” short films called “Short Treks,” which will debut in the months leading up to the 2019 launch of the second season of “Discovery.”
Kurtzman was also one of the co-writers of the 2009 film directed by J.J. Abrams that rebooted the “Star Trek” franchise.
The new Picard series is being described not as a reboot of “Next Generation,” but rather an exploration of Picard in his later years.