In a note on Twitter, Stewart wrote he was looking forward to rebooting his most famous TV role, saying, “I feel I’m ready to return to him … to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.”
In June, it was reported that CBS was developing more Star Trek shows, and there were rumors Stewart would return to his iconic role. The Hollywood Reporter reported Stewart won’t star in a reboot of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Instead, the new series will be “an exploration of the next chapter of Picard’s life.”
The show reportedly will run on All Access, CBS’ subscription streaming service.
“It is 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,” Stewart wrote. Here’s his full statement.
It is 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. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto pic.twitter.com/8Ynuj3RBNm
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 4, 2018
Stewart starred in Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and appeared in four Star Trek movies.