Did you ever suppose Patrick Stewart would return to the position of Jean-Luc Picard? Neither did he.
But he’ll! Sir Pat Stew himself simply introduced the information on Instagram, timed to line up with an on-stage announcement on the Star Trek Las Vegas 2018 conference:
I’ll all the time be very proud to have been part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, however once we wrapped that closing film within the spring of 2002, I really felt my time with Star Trek had run its pure course. It is, due to this fact, an sudden however pleasant shock to seek out myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to discover new dimensions inside him. Seeking out new life for him, after I thought that life was over.
During these previous years, it has been humbling to listen to tales about how The Next Generation introduced folks consolation, noticed them by way of troublesome durations of their lives or how the instance of Jean-Luc impressed so many to comply with in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and management. I really feel I’m able to return to him for a similar motive – to analysis and expertise what comforting and reforming mild he may shine on these usually very darkish occasions. I sit up for working with our good artistic staff as we endeavor to deliver a recent, sudden and pertinent story to life as soon as extra.
The official account for the brand new (however separate) Star Trek Discovery collection sheds mild on a number of extra particulars: the story will concentrate on the “next chapter” of Picard’s life (after Next Generation, presumably), and shall be made accessible on CBS’ on-line subscription/authentic content material service, CBS All Access.
Stewart shared a number of extra particulars on the Las Vegas conference, noting that it was nonetheless early days and so they’re nonetheless understanding what it’ll all seem like:
He might not… be a captain anymore. He might not be the Jean-Luc that you simply acknowledge and know so properly. It could also be a really totally different particular person; somebody who has been modified by his experiences. Twenty years can have handed — roughly precisely the time between the final film (Nemesis) and at present.
We haven’t any scripts, as but. We’re simply speaking, speaking, speaking storylines.
It shall be, I promise, I assure, one thing very, very totally different. But it would come to you with the identical ardour, and willpower, and love of the fabric, and love of our followers and followers… precisely as we had it earlier than.
Alas, nearly every thing else in regards to the present continues to be a thriller for now, presumably as a result of it’s not all completely finalized but. Name? Unknown. How many episodes? Who is aware of!
Maybe what the world wants proper now could be some Star Trek. Not the flashy, snappy JJ Abrams Trek — simply good ol’ Picard on the market getting his Prime Directive on.
Here’s Patrick Stewart’s shock Star Trek conference go to in full, as uploaded by Jaime Bastidas (the announcement is available in at 9:20):