“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,” said Stewart, who will also exec produce the new series. “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.”
Stewart will also work behind the scenes as an executive producer alongside Alex Kurtzman who currently serves as the showrunner on Star Trek: Discovery, as well as James Duff (The Closer, Major Crimes), Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery) and writer Michael Chabon.
Kurtzman describes the series as an opportunity to “forge new ground, surprise people and honor generations both new and old”.
Are you excited to see Patrick Stewart reprise his role? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter