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Patrick Stewart confirms ‘Star Trek’ back when Jean-Luc Picard

Star Trek fans can expect to see a lot more of Patrick Stewart, as the actor confirmed Saturday that he will reprise his role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new series for the franchise.

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“Star Trek” fans can expect to see a lot more of Patrick Stewart. The actor confirmed on Saturday that he will play Jean-Luc Picard in a new series, bound to the long sci-fi franchise.

“It is an unexpected, but wonderful surprise to find myself excited and to be strengthened in order to return to Jean-Luc Picard and the exploration of new dimensions in him,” Stewart said in a tweet.

It is an unexpected, but wonderful surprise to find myself excited and to be strengthened in order to return to Jean-Luc Picard and the exploration of new dimensions in him. Read my full statement in the photo. #StarTrek @cbsallaccess Photo: @shervinfoto pic.twitter.com/8Ynuj3RBNm

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) August 4, 2018

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Stewart’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation” character, the coolly diplomatic and philosophical captain of the Starship Enterprise, will be featured in a brand new series of CBS All Access revealed. The new show will share “the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life,” according to a tweet from “Star Trek.”

The actor recalled at the end of filming for the latest “Trek” movie of Picard and the “Next Generation” cast, back in 2002. And he said in a statement that he felt his ‘ time with the ‘Star Trek’ had its natural course.” But now, he thinks that he is “ready to return” to his character.

#REDAlert. The time has come to Make it so! @SirPatStew returns to his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new #CBSAllAccess #StarTrek series that tells the story of the next chapter in This life #STLV #MakeItSo pic.twitter.com/gDaJBS0SVf

— Star Trek (@StarTrek) August 4, 2018

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“During the past few years, it is 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, the pursuit of science, research, and leadership,” he wrote. “I feel that I am ready to return to him for the same reason – research and experience what comforting and the reform of the light can shine on these often dark times.

In the course of seven seasons, Stewart was the headline in the “Star Trek” series, which itself followed the original 1966-69 show that starred William Shatner. He also played Picard in several movies.

“Star Trek” itself has seen multiple iterations, on both the small and big screen. The latest, “Star Trek: Discovery,” debuted on CBS All Access last year and has been renewed for a second season. And two movies are said to be in the early stages of development.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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