Sir Patrick Stewart surprised fans on Saturday, August 6th 2018, that he will be returning to the iconic role of ‘Jean-Luc Picard’ for a new Star Trek series.

The new series will follow the next chapter of Picard’s life and will be available on to CBS All Access just as the current Star Trek: Discovery.

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Star Trek – Logo © 2018 CBS Interactive

Fans heard the news direct from Patrick himself at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention. Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman also on stage but keeping a distance to leave the spotlight to Patrick.

All we heard from Patrick was that no story lines or scripts have been written. He will not be a Captain and it will be set twenty years after the last film, Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

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Star Trek – Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas convention © 2018 CBS Interactive, photo by Bill Burke

The press release has quotes from both Alex and Patrick.

Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman

“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.”

Patrick Stewart

Star Trek Las Vegas convention - Patrick Stewart
Star Trek – Patrick Stewart surprised fans today at Star Trek Las Vegas convention with the news that Patrick will be returning to the iconic role of Picard for a new “Star Trek” series coming to CBS All Access © 2018 CBS Interactive, photo by Bill Burke

“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 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.”

Star Trek Las Vegas convention - Alex Kurtzman and Patrick Stewart
Star Trek – Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman and Patrick Stewart at Star Trek Las Vegas convention © 2018 CBS Interactive, photo by Bill Burke