Patrick Stewart to star in new Captain Picard TV show

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Star Trek is making it so.

Patrick Stewart has returned Captain Picard will be returning to television screens in a new Star Trek show that will air on CBS All Access in America.

“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,” Stewart said 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. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.”

Speaking at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention over this weekend, Stewart confirmed that the project is still in early stages. There are no scripts yet, he said, but he and CBS are “just talking, talking, talking storylines.”

A tweet from Star Trek: Discovery’s official account confirmed the show will tell “the story of the next chapter in Picard’s life.”

“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,” Stewart said.

“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.”

Other details about the Picard TV show haven’t been given; it’s unclear if this is a mini-series or traditional show. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

The Picard show will join CBS All Access’ Star Trek: DiscoveryThat show airs on Netflix here in Australia.