Patrick Stewart Official Set To Reprise His Role of Captain Picard in New STAR TREK Series!
There's recently been talk of Patrick Stewart possibly returning to the Star Trek franchise to reprise his role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Fans have been hoping that this would happen and... well, it's now official! Stewart will officially be reprising his role in a new series and I couldn't be more excited!
It was previously reported that the show would be a sequel series to Star Trek: The Next Generation and that seems to be the case. Apparently, the series will "tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life."
The big news came from Stewart himself when he made a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. He said:
"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. 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 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."
The new series is being developed by Star Trek: Discovery co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman who was recently brought on to oversee the development of new Star Trek content under a big new overall deal with CBS TV Studios. This is what Kurtzman had to say:
"With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. 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."
How awesome is this? This is so damn exciting! Kurtzman will be joined by producers James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, and Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer.
There are no details on the title of the series or another other story info, but what do you think about Stewart coming back to the role of Captain Picard after all these years!?