Last night, news broke that Sir Patrick Stewart is to reprise the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard for a new series of Star Trek. Understandably, the news was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from fans.

Keen to share his thoughts on his forthcoming return to Trek, Sir Patrick Stewart has taken to social media to comment. Speaking via Instagram, he said: “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 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.”

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He continued: “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 endeavour to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”

Stewart will reprise the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a forthcoming show for CBS All Access. The as-yet-untitled show has yet to be given an air date, but is currently in development.