Patrick Stewart is returning to Star Trek to play Jean-Luc Picard


Star Trek fans rejoice! Patrick Stewart has announced that he will be returning to the iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard in an all new series.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is coming back to our TV screens, faithful Trekkies. That’s right, Patrick Stewart is reprising his iconic role from The Next Generation for an all-new series on CBS All Access.

Not only did the actor post the announcement to his Twitter page, but the news was also tweeted out by the official Star Trek Twitter account. Stewart also announced the exciting news at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention in a surprise appearance on August 4, according to E! News.

In his Twitter post, Stewart explained that the reason he is returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard for a new Star Trek series is because he wants to “explore new dimensions within him.” Much like fans have been inspired by the character, the actor was himself inspired by the fans.

While even Patrick Stewart believed 2002’s The Next Generation would be his last time stepping into the role of Jean-Luc Picard, it seems that his story is not over yet. Instead, with the new series, we will learn what came next for Picard after his time on the Starship Enterprise.

Honestly, this is exciting news for many of us who were raised with the different Star Trek TV series. From The Next Generation to Deep Space Nine, Star Trek has been a central part of many of our lives and getting to see one of our favorites back in action is especially wonderful.

Over on Twitter, fans are generally excited for the news, with even Wil Wheaton (who played Wesley Crusher on TNG) sharing his own reaction to the news. Overall, fans seem more than ready to welcome Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek universe with open arms. And of course, there seem to be plenty of ideas of what we want to see to go along with the excitement.

For many people, the return of Stewart as Picard is a welcome surprise in an era that wants to see more role models in the public eye. We can’t wait to see what Patrick Stewart will do with his new series.

Right now, there are apparently no scripts for the new series. While on stage in Las Vegas, Stewart pointed out that Picard “may not be a captain anymore.” This makes sense as so much time will have passed since his time at the helm of the Starship Enterprise.

As of now, it seems that the creators of the upcoming Star Trek show are still working on storylines for the series. However, they want fans to know that they will still be getting the same passion that they have come to appreciate from Stewart and the rest of his crew.

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It might be a bit longer before we know more about the new Star Trek series and when it will premiere on CBS All Access. But at least we can celebrate our excitement over the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.