Major news broke at Star Trek Las Vegas yesterday when Sir Patrick Stewart announced that he will reprise his role of Jean-Luc Picard on the upcoming CBS All-Access Star Trek series.
Stewart later took to Twitter to share his 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
“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 with him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.
During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.
Twitter erupted with excitement and many people shared personal accounts of the impact Picard had on them.
STOP. WHAT. OMG. https://t.co/uKMPbB53dd
— Hannah Hart (@harto) August 4, 2018
Jean Luc Picard was formative for me, the first outright hero who aspired to intelligence, political savvy and nerve over guts and strength, @SirPatStew showed us that leaders weren’t just biceps and great hair. I’m beyond excited that he’s reprising the role in #StarTrek
— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) August 4, 2018
ERRRRRRRRRRRRR MAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH GERDDDDDDDDDDFFDDDF. pic.twitter.com/ZrU3v1w1Na
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 4, 2018
One of the best things that had to happen this year. ♥️ I love Patrick!!
— Admiral Vreenak (@AdmiralVreenak) August 4, 2018
This is the best news I’ve heard in a while. So many fond childhood memories of sitting with my Dad and watching you as Captain. I’m tremendously excited! pic.twitter.com/OodOcO1FyN
— Cerian Jenkins (@CerianJenkins) August 4, 2018
I can‘t believe it…that character shaped my values more than my own parents did. I would‘ve never expected to witness a return. And it‘s just the right time!
— Sebastian K. (@argosy_ops) August 4, 2018
I might cry. I became an archaeologist because of Picard, and probably a better person in general. Phenomenal! A transcendent role model played by a master of his craft. The quality of writing is going to be very important…
— Confuse A Tron (@TehLazeBro) August 4, 2018
So, SO down for this!
— Cocoa Khalessi, Ed. S. (@CocoaKhalessi) August 5, 2018
Best news today, by light years.
— e-chef (@e_chef_music) August 5, 2018
Just heard that @SirPatStew is doing a new Star Trek series so I’m coming back to Earth.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) August 5, 2018
Things are only impossible until they’re not!