Sir Patrick Stewart posted about his upcoming return to Star Trek, reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard, on social media yesterday. Here's the statement he issued on Twitter:
"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.
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, perusing 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 very often 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."
There is no release date yet or any further details, but rest assured, Trekkies are excited. Just ask Producer Dana.