Sir Patrick Stewart Will Play Captain Picard In New 'Star Trek' Series

Acclaimed actor and cannabis advocate Patrick Stewart is boldly going where he's never gone before: a television revival. Yesterday, 'Star Trek' producers revealed that he will reprise his role of Jean-Luc Picard from 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' The new 'Star Trek' series is expected to debut in the fall of 2019 on CBS' video-on-demand service All Access.

“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,” Stewart said in a statement. “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 many 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 endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”

In other words, don't expect Captain Picard to wear a Make Starfleet Great Again hat, or deport Klingon refugees or build a wall around the United Federation of Planets.

No word yet on whether or not Captain Picard will also advocate for cannabis throughout the Federation like Stewart is here on earth. But if he does, we can probably expect more of this...

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