Star Trek fans have been left very excited at the news that Sir Patrick Stewart is returning to the franchise. Stewart announced his return to the character on Twitter for a series believed to be a reboot of The Next Generation. But when will he be donning Jean-Luc Picard’s uniform once more? Here’s what we know so far… When is Sir Patrick Stewart returning to Star Trek?
The actor will play Picard in a new series focusing on his life after Next Generation (Picture: Paramount) As yet there’s no date for the actor’s return to the series – but we do know that Picard will appear in a new Star Trek spin-off series for CBS All Access. The series will focus on the character’s life after Star Trek: The Next Generation and is one of a number of shows to come out of CBS’ new five-year deal with Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman.
The other shows slated include a Starfleet Academy series, an animated series, a limited series and a series based on Wrath of Khan. However you’ll have to wait a while to see it, as according to Stewart the scripts for the show haven’t even been written yet. Speaking at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas where he discussed his return to the franchise, the actor promised the series ‘will be something very different but will come to you with the same passion’. When was Sir Patrick Stewart last in Star Trek?
The actor last played Picard in 2002’s final movie, 16 years ago. How did he announce his return to Star Trek? Sir Patrick broke the news with this Twitter announcement. He said in a statement: ‘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.’