Patrick Stewart Announces He's Returning to ‘Star Trek’ Role and Twitter Goes Nuts

The new series is not a 'Next Generation' reboot but will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. No title or air date was revealed

Huddersfield fan Patrick Stewart smiles before the English Premier League soccer match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Sunday, May 13, 2018
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Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he’s been before — “Star Trek.”

CBS All Access said Saturday that Stewart has been tapped to headline a new “Star Trek” series, reprising his “Star Trek: The Next Generation” character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

The new series is not a “Next Generation” reboot but will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. No title or air date was revealed.

Stewart headlined his “Star Trek” series for seven seasons and portrayed Picard in the movies “Star Trek Generations” (1994), “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), “Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998) and “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002).

In a statement, Stewart says he thought his “Star Trek” days “had run its natural course” so he considers it a delightful surprise to be playing Picard again.

Twitter immediately went into hyperdrive with memes: