CBS Announces New Star Trek Show Starring Sir Patrick Stewart
CBS announced yesterday that Sir Patrick Stewart will return to Star Trek as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on CBS All Access. The venerable actor will reprise the role that made him a household name, and one of the most import sci-fi role models of all time, after seven years on the air as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Sir Patrick Stewart announced on Twitter that he was excited to return to the role that gave hope to countless viewers over the years, inspiring young engineers and scientists across the country.
It is 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. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto pic.twitter.com/8Ynuj3RBNm
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 4, 2018
Stewart had stated previously that he had no intention of returning to the role except for a potential film helmed by Quentin Tarantino, but after a meeting with CBS’ creative team he changed his mind. Stewart promises that the upcoming series will cover a new and unexpected chapter in Picard’s life. The show will be led by Alex Kurtzman, James Duff (The Closer), Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), Michael Chabon (John Carter), and Kirsten Beyer (Discovery).
The new series will mark the return of The Next Generation universe since the final movie in 2002. I will be set in the same universe as Discovery and The Original Series, not the J.J. Abrams movies. According to CBS’ Star Trek panel discussion, the series is planned to take place 20 years after the Star Trek: Nemesis.
So long as Sir Patrick Stewart is involved, we’re on board. “Engage, Number One!”