Patrick Stewart To Reprise Role As ‘Star Trek’ Jean-Luc Picard

Patrick Stewart will be back in the new CBS All Access Series.

Sir Patrick Stewart is boldly venturing into a place where he has been before- by taking up the role of Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek.

The character will feature in a new CBS All Access Series documenting his life after Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 78-year-old British actor announced this news as a surprise to all the fans recently this Saturday at the annual 17th Star Trek convention in Las Vegas after the rumored speculation had been going on for months.

The new series won’t be a reboot of ‘The Next Generation’ but instead has been described as an exploration of the next chapter of Picard’s life. Further details about the upcoming series, such as its title, episode count or a premiere date, have been kept under wraps. The creative team for the newest Star Trek series includes Alex Kurtzman, who serves as the showrunner on CBS All Access’ ‘Discovery’ and whose recent overall deal with CBS Television Studios included marching orders to expand the beloved and global franchise.

Patrick’s career spans almost six decades and includes the role of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise. Patrick had played the role of Picard in the 178 episode sci-fi television series between 1987 and 1994, and in four feature films. 

“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,” informed Stewart, who will also be exec producing the new series. “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 a 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.”

Stewart is repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content, and Ziffren Brittenham.