His performance as Captain Jean Luc Picard made Sir Patrick Stewart a household name the world over. Now the actor will reprise the role for a new Star Trek series.
Star Trek: The Next Generation is a rare beast. It’s seldom the case that a spin-off series of a television show, that already enjoys cult status, can capture the hearts of fans in the same way as the original. But from 1987 to 1994 on television, and through to 2002 on the big screen, that’s exactly what happened.
What seemed like risky casting at the time, having a bald, British Captain of the Enterprise, proved to be a stroke of genius and made Sir Patrick Stewart a household name around the globe.
In contrast to many fan’s expectations, Jean Luc Picard was a very different captain to William Shatner’s portrayal of James T. Kirk in the original series. More considered, less double-fist punching of aliens, Patrick Stewart made the role iconic with his intelligent and dignified approach.
Sixteen years after his final appearance on the big screen as Captain Picard in ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’, Sir Patrick Stewart has confirmed rumours that he will be reprising the role for a new series.
In a statement on his facebook page Sir Patrick Stewart wrote:
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 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.
The news shouldn’t be a surprise to most fans as rumours have been floating around the Neutral Zone for some months, but it is hugely exciting to have confirmation.
The new Star Trek series will not be a reboot of The Next Generation, rather an entirely new concept that will explore Jean Luc Picard’s life subsequent to it.
No further information is available at this time other than that the series is being run by Alex Kurtzman who is leading CBS’ expansion of the Star Trek franchise through ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Discovery Shorts’ on the CBS All Access platform.