Sir Patrick Stewart is boldly going the place he has been earlier than – by reprising the Star Trek function of Jean-Luc Picard.
The character will function in a brand new CBS All Entry sequence chronicling his life after Star Trek: The Subsequent Era.
The actor introduced the information in a shock look on the annual Star Trek conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, after months of hypothesis.
His profession spans nearly six many years and contains the function of Professor Charles Xavier within the X-Males franchise.
Sir Patrick, who’s 78 and British, performed Picard in 178 episodes of the sci-fi tv sequence between 1987 and 1994, and in 4 function movies.
“I’ll all the time be very proud to have been part of the Star Trek: The Subsequent Era, however once we wrapped that last film within the spring of 2002, I really felt my time with Star Trek had run its pure course,” mentioned the Shakespearean actor, who lives in New York Metropolis.
“It’s an surprising however pleasant shock to seek out myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to discover new dimensions with him.”
Alex Kurtzman, the chief producer on the brand new yet-to-be-named present, mentioned: “It is a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart again into the Star Trek fold.”
“For over 20 years, followers have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is lastly right here. We will not wait to forge new floor, shock folks, and honour generations each new and outdated,” Mr Kurtzman mentioned in media reviews.
Particulars on the brand new sequence, which can be obtainable via the US streaming service, are nonetheless beneath wraps, together with title and launch date.
Star Trek is a multi-billion-dollar cultural phenomenon, which turned 50 years outdated in 2016.