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

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  • 78-year-old English actor Patrick Stewart is making a return to “Star Trek.”
  • He will continue the story of character Jean-Luc Picard in a new CBS All Access series.
  • The title and release date is not yet known.

Patrick Stewart is returning to “Star Trek” – and he’ll continue the story of Jean-Luc Picard.

The 78-year-old English actor, also known for his role in the X-Men franchise, is set to take the character’s story further in a new CBS All Access series, which does not yet have a title or release date.

Stewart announced the news when he made a surprise appearance at the annual “Star Trek” convention in Las Vegas, according to The Guardian.

“I will always be very proud to have been a part of the ‘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,” he said.

“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.”

The character of Jean-Luc Picard has appeared in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and four feature films: “Star Trek Generations,” “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and “Star Trek: Nemesis.”

Stewart went on: “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 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 endeavour to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”

The executive producer will be Alex Kurtzman, showrunner of “Star Trek: Discover,” which is set to return in January.

Of the new project, Kurtzman said: “For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honour generations both new and old.”