Sir Patrick Stewart has said he feels “excited and invigorated” to be reprising the role of Star Trek’s Jean-Luc Picard.
The actor, 78, confirmed this weekend that he was set to “explore new dimensions” with the starship captain.
The new series from CBS All Access will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life.
Sir Patrick played the character on TV and in films from 1987 to 2002 and said on Twitter that he had thought that his final appearance as Picard, in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis, was his last.
He told his 3.13 million followers on the site: “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.”
He added: “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.”