Sir Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he has been before – by the repetition of the Star Trek role of Jean-Luc Picard.
The character will get a new CBS All Access series chronicling his life after Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The actor announced the news in a surprise appearance at the annual Star Trek convention in Las Vegas on Saturday, after months of speculation.
His career spans almost six decades and includes the role of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise.
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Sir Patrick, who is 78, and British, played Picard in 178 episodes of the sci-fi tv series between 1987 and 1994, and in four feature films.
“I’ll always be very proud to have been a part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we conclude that the final movie in the spring of 2002, I really felt that my time with Star Trek had run its natural course,” said the Shakespearean actor, who lives in the City of New York.
“It is an unexpected but pleasant surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to return to Jean-Luc Picard, and to explore new dimensions with him.”
Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of the new yet-to-be-named program, said: “it Is a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart again in the Star Trek times.”
“For more than 20 years, fans have awaited the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new paths, to surprise the people, and the honor of the generations of old and new,” Mr Kurtzman said in media reports.
Details on the new series, which will be available through the streaming service, are still in secret, including the title and release date.
Star Trek is a multimillion-dollar cultural phenomenon, which turned 50 years old in the year 2016.