Sir Patrick Stewart Is Returning to Star Trek for a New Series About Picard

Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the USS Enterprise.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the USS Enterprise.
Image: CBS/Paramount Pictures

The most venerable captain in Star Fleet history is back.

As has been rumored for a while, CBS announced today that Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean Luc-Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be reprising his role in a new series that will explore “the new chapter in Picard’s life.” The series will be coming to CBS All Access, though not many more details about it are known at this time.


In a statement on Twitter, Stewart said he was “excited and invigorated” to return to the role that was instrumental in making him a household name. The show will feature Alex Kurtzman leading a creative team that will also include James Duff (The Closer) , Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), Michael Chabon (John Carter, and a bunch of books), and Kirsten Beyer (Discovery), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

At the live panel for the announcement at Star Trek Las Vegas, Stewart was also quoted as saying that “it may not be the Jean-Luc you know and love,” citing experience and time as changing factors in the development of the character.

No word on when the show will air, but when it does, it will be the first new live-action material set in this part of the Star Trek universe since the last The Next Generation movie in 2002. Also, according to the panel discussion, no scripts have been written as of yet, though the series is planned to take place 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.


“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. 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 honor generations both new and old,” said Alex Kurtzman, in a statement.


Make it so, captain. Make it so.

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Michael Crider

There’s a bit of pop writing advice that instructs the writer to ask, “Is this the most exciting or interesting time in your character’s life? And if it isn’t, why aren’t you writing about that?”

I have to wonder how much money they’re paying Stewart to go back to Picard after so long. Because I can’t imagine any truly interesting stories that Picard would have after he’s no longer the captain of the Enterprise, and everything in Star Trek canon says they don’t let someone as old as he would realistically be playing stay on as anything less than an admiral. But then Paramount let Kirk be a captain right out of the academy in the new movies, so who the hell cares about canon, eh?