Last December, the holidays came early when Patrick Stewart told The Hollywood Repoter that'd he'd be interested in reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now millions of Star Trek fans' dreams have come true: Patrick Stewart will once again go where no one has gone before.
Although last year's interview were in regards to Quentin Tarantino's recent interest in directing his own Star Trek film, Picard will actually make his return on a yet-to-be-announced show on that explores the "next chapter" of his life. Stewart made the announcement at the 2018 Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, and in a statement on Instagram said:
"It has been humbling to hear 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, pursing 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."
Reportedly CBS has plans for a number of Star Trek shows for its streaming service. Last year Star Trek Discovery launched on the streaming service with mixed reviews. Although Discovery takes places during the original Star Trek series, no previous Star Trek actor has returned to the show. Patrick Stewart is currently rumored to be the first, but who knows if William Riker—played by Jonathan Frakes who actually directed an episode of Discovery—and the rest of the Enterprise-D will return as well.
Alex Kurtzman will produce the new series but the show's name and targeted premiere date remain a mystery.