Patrick Stewart is officially returning to the Star Trek universe as Jean-Luc Picard.
Stewart took to Twitter to share the first photo from the new series heading to the CBS Network. He wrote, “The journey has begun,” introducing the team of producers and writers at the table. “Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly,” he added.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 24, 2018
It was announced last month at the Star Trek Las Vegas event that Stewart will be making an appearance in the upcoming Star Trek series. Here’s what Stewart said to the media:
“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.”
Stewart gave us hints when he announced Picard’s return:
“He may not be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual. Someone who has been changed by his experiences. 20 years will have passed…We have no scripts as yet, we’re just talking, talking, talking storylines. It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different, but it will come to you with the same passion and determination and love of the material and love of our followers and our fans exactly as we had it before.”
The new series will be taking place about twenty years after the Enterprise and Picard were last seen on-screen, ie. in 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. Stewart also stated that the script is still in the works and the people present in the photo are probably working on the same issue.
The new Star Trek series is currently under development and is set to premiere in 2019.